In an election where early childhood education is being treated seriously, the Australian Electoral Commission is also reporting the highest enrolment rate in our history at 96.8%.
That’s 16.4 million people ready to have their say in the future government of this wide brown land. People are motivated, and even if they’re motivated by other issues, it’s a good time to be a little bit of an expert on yours. This is especially true if you are voting for the first time, or if you work or live with young people who are voting for the first time.
With only a few days to go, and all the major campaigns now officially launched, you might be feeling a touch of overwhelm on the path to ECE Election Expert status.
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New Simple Guide
This post includes the release of our all new, printable CELA Simple Guide to #election2019 – the perfect one-pager for anyone interested in the four big advocacy questions facing the sector.
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But wait, there’s more!
We’re bringing you three additional amazing resources in this post, all designed to help you feel prepared to make good choices and enjoy your democracy sausage this Saturday. Or you can vote – without the snags – any time ahead of Saturday with a pre-poll ballot, just head here for early voting centre info and keep your weekend free!
Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Policy Guide and Infographic
The main sector campaign for greater investment in and recognition of ECE, Early Learning: Everyone Benefits (ELEB) has been understandably busy on many activities leading up to the #election 2019, including the creation of a star chart for the three largest political parties and a fact sheet explaining the party responses to the ELEB candidate survey.
Launch into Learning Impact Estimator
One thing that’s clear this election, there are plenty of families looking for a reduction in their childcare costs as a deciding factor for their vote.
Launch into Learning has prepared this succinct score card for the parties, based on their responses to an earlier questionnaire. The team has also developed a nifty online ‘Impact Estimator’ you may wish to share with families to help them assess which set of policies would most benefit their situation.
Head here to try the Estimator out yourself, and share it with your families.
CELA Broadside May 2019
Regardless of who wins the Federal election, a key challenge for the next government will be to address workforce issues in early childhood education and care. Workforce demand is about to hit a new high, with insufficient pipeline coming through to fill this demand. We are not training enough teachers to replace those leaving the workforce currently, let alone for an additional year of preschool. Within five years one in three teacher vacancies will remain unfilled unless urgent action is taken now.
This is an issue which has finally found a place in some major party’s policy platforms. It relates to pay, conditions, professional development, qualifications and educator recruitment and retention. Read this article by CELA Policy and Research Consultant Megan O’Connell in the May issue of Broadside, and be fully informed, and able to inform others, when it’s time to cast your vote.