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Early CCS evaluation released

Recently Community Early Learning Australia enlisted your help to respond to the next stage of research in the evaluation of the Australian Government’s ‘Jobs for Families’ package, more simply described as the rollout of the Child Care Subsidy, or CCS. While the Australian Institute for Family Studies (AIFS) evaluation of the CCS continues through until […]

NSW votes on early learning: the Minister’s response

Election countdown As we’ve previously shared, the NSW election has raised early learning and OSHC issues to a higher level than we’ve seen in many years. The inclusion of Federal Labor in the state-based promises is also sending signals to educators across Australia about what an ALP Commonwealth government might have in store following the […]

3yo preschool funding nsw

A step in the right direction for 3yos, a giant leap for NSW

NSW announces funding for two years of preschool education for three-year-olds in community based preschools. Led by advocacy and research, the NSW Government announced in this week’s budget, that all three-year olds in community based preschools will receive subsidised funding for fees from 2019. Sarah Mitchell (Minister for Early Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and […]

Reconciliation week 2018

Take real action for National Reconciliation Week 27th May – 3rd June

‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’ Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 as the national expert body on reconciliation in Australia. The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation’s vision statement called for, “A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.” National Reconciliation […]

NSW letter

Quality Counts: for every child, every family, our economy and the nation.

  The Commonwealth’s decision to pull the plug on Australia’s highly successful National Quality Agenda on Early Childhood Education and Care has sparked reactions from bewilderment to horror. Without consultation with the sector or the states, Education Minister Simon Birmingham de-funded the national partnership that bound all jurisdictions to the same goals. Without the partnership, […]

Commonwealth pulls the plug on NQA - NSW Letter

Is this the end of the National Quality Agenda?

The Commonwealth is unplugging the powerhouse that drives the national quality framework.  The Minister’s announcement to end the National Quality Agenda partnership with States and Territories has the potential to set early education back decades. This is not the expectation of CELA and the early education sector that we represent. Collectively, we have invested millions of dollars and uncountable productive hours over the past nine years striving […]

Analysis of the sector

There’s the good news, and the bad news…

Earlier this year we reported that a global economic analysis company, IBISWorld, projected ‘preschool education’ (see end note) would join data storage services, craft beer production, aquaculture, and courier delivery services as the fastest growing employment for 2017-18 and up to 2023. IBISWorld analyst James Thomson told us that growing wages and demand for skilled […]

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