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The essential early and middle childhood education and care story.

We're telling it louder, we're sharing it wider, and we're making your voice stronger

Where to now?

The re-election of the previous government means working with a known quantity – but how well do you know what the Morrison government has in mind for early childhood education? And what does that mean for advocates of high quality care for children, professional wages and conditions for educators, national consistency and an independent authority […]

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, […]

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The hidden story in Budget 2018

ACECQA was going to need that money … to pay its staff and keep the lights on View the infographic here. The hidden story Last week (8 May) the Federal government handed down its 2018-19 budget. Like the rest of the sector initial reaction watching the Treasurer speak was that there were no surprises: Jobs […]

We still love our NQF (but the burden remains)

Burden vs benefit The national authority’s Annual Performance Report shows more than 95% of the sector still backs the National Quality Framework, but the proportion of services which have a heavy sense of regulatory burden has barely changed. While 17% found regulatory requirements ‘very burdensome’ in 2013, in the 2017 survey 15% still selected the […]

Shortside: Open Letter to Senator David Leyonhjelm

Below is a letter we are sending to help Senator David Leyonhjelm to fill the gaps in his understanding of early childhood education with current evidence-based research. The Senator claimed that educators are over-qualified for their job of “wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other”. He suggested on Channel 10’s The Project last night […]

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