Latest news and information

Find important updates and information on the early childhood sector and Subscribe to our e-newsletter. Discover Early Childhood Australia’s media statements and releases here.

Budget 2024

ECA's Position on the Upcoming Federal Budget 2024

As the Federal Budget approaches, Early Childhood Australia urgently calls for the government to invest in early childhood education and care. It’s time to reform the Activity Test for the Child Care Subsidy, ensuring all children have access to education, regardless of their family’s circumstances. Additionally, we seek government commitment to increase wages and improve conditions for early childhood educators, recognising their vital role in our children’s development. Find out more and add your voice on ECA’s social media.


ECA Welcomes the Appointment of a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

ECA welcomes this important new position and celebrates the advocacy efforts of SNAICC in making this happen. As the peak national advocacy body for children from birth to eight years, their families and early childhood professionals, ECA invites the new Commissioner to engage with us to work together and will formally acknowledge the appointment of the Commissioner at the ECA Reconciliation Symposium.

Yes badge,

ECA's Support for the YES Campaign for a Voice to Parliament

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is honoured to lend our voice and support to the Yes Campaign for a Voice to Parliament and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

ECA is in full support of the Voice to Parliament and we are proud to actively support the Yes Campaign. We believe that this is an important step forward toward a reconciled nation which is an important legacy for Australian children.

Early learning matters every day

Early Learning Matters Every Day, But It’s Critically Important Right Now

Posted on July 27, 2023 by Sam Page and Dan Leach-McGill on The Spoke

Early Matters Week for 2023 has come to a close and is atimely reminder to consider the significant of current policy interest in the early years. Learn more about why early learning matters every day in our latest blog article with Sam Page and Dan Leach-McGill.

Children playing with Duplo

Moving from Vision to Action on Universal Early Childhood Education and Care

Posted on June, 2023 by Early Childhood Australia

Learn more about Early Childhood Australia’s Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care, “Moving from Vision to Action on Universal Early Childhood Education and Care.”

Child in an early childhood education setting

Setting the record straight on misguided claims about ECEC and the value of qualified educators

Posted on July 13, 2023 by Sam Page on The Spoke

The piece ‘Maybe childcare staff need fewer degrees?’ by Aaron Patrick in the AFR 12 July 2023 is both ill-informed and misleading. If you haven’t seen it, here is the abridged version – the commercial childcare industry is charging inflated prices hurting families because of rules that ‘force centres to hire more, better-educated staff’ and ‘ratio rules make caring for babies and infants twice as expensive as looking after three-to-five-year-olds’.

Samantha Page, CEO of ECA at the Early Years Summit 2023

Reflections on the Early Years Summit

Posted on February 17, 2023 by Sam Page on The Spoke

Learn more about the Early Years Summit, convened by Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth MP and Minister for Early Childhood Education and Care Anne Aly MP, from ECA’s CEO Sam Page.

To Top