State of early learning in Australia report 2019

Early learning in Australia can only be improved when we understand its strengths and limitations. The State of early learning in Australia 2019 provides the most comprehensive summary of the early learning sector to date. Published by the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign, in conjunction with the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland, the report nominates clear national goals and performance indicators to help track progress in the future.

Download report here.
Download summary here.


Save the date: Early Learning Matters Week

If you’re planning your annual events calendar, here’s one you won’t want to miss: Early Learning Matters Week, held in August each year.

Early Learning Matters Week is your chance to show Australia what quality, play-based early learning looks like in practice.

Politicians are one of our key target groups for Early Learning Matters Week. Over the years since it began in 2018, educators have welcomed more than 50 parliamentarians – including the Prime Minister – to early learning and care services in every Australian State and Territory. This gave educators the chance to explain and demonstrate the sophisticated, complex nature of their work with young children.

We also use Early Learning Matters Week (#EarlyLearningMatters) to promote messages about the importance of play-based early learning and the rights of children to the media and the wider community.

Are you keen to be involved? You might want to host a visit by a politician, or highlight your work to local and online communities. Find out more on the Early Learning Matters website here.

We look forward to working with you!

We thank our campaign partners, sponsors and supporters:

Early Childhood Australia, Early Learning Association Australia, Family Day Care Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange UnitingCare Australia, Gowrie Australia, YMCA.

Brotherhood of St Laurence, KU Children’s ServicesEarly Childhood Management Services, C&K Queensland, Illawarra Area Child Care, Playgroup Australia, The Benevolent Society, Semann & Slattery, Community Connections Solutions Australia, SDN Children’s Services, Save The Children, Explore & Develop.

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Parenthood, Australian Community Children’s Services, Early Start, University of Wollongong, Community Early Learning Australia.


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