Currently, half of all early childhood teachers have a bachelor degree, with a further one-third still working towards one.
In 2009, Australian governments made an agreement to provide all four-year-olds with access to preschool delivered by a trained teacher from 2013. We're a long way from this goal.
Fewer than one-quarter of young children from low-income families used preschool or childcare services in 2017.
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Australia is far from having an early childhood sector that delivers what children and families need. The government can look to these three areas to ensure access for all Australian children.
This study found children with autism could be effectively supported in mainstream childcare.
A recent study has shown educators can include and teach children on the spectrum in mainstream childcare, alongside their non-autistic peers.
Research shows two years of preschool has more impact than one.
We know from research children benefit from two years of preschool, rather than one. Universal access to preschool would also return benefits to the economy, and help parents with childcare costs.
Many early education and care workers earn little above the minimum wage.
Valuing the skills and contributions of our educators and reversing the high rates of turnover is critical and can only be achieved through fair pay and rewards.
By the time children are five, they should show preference for a particular hand and be able to work with others.
Children aged three to five don't need to do formal academic assignments in early childhood education to hit their milestones.
While it’s important to recognise the gains we have made, there is also more that needs to be done to have an effective ECEC system.
Overall, we've seen huge improvements, particularly for children aged three to five years, but now we need a universal approach to quality education and care for our youngest children.
At the tertiary level, Australian households and international students contribute more than double the OECD average expenditure.
Australia has the third most expensive education system in the OECD, but we might not be getting what we pay for.
Healthy, supported children can be a boon to their countries’ economies.
Poor childhood conditions, such as exposure to poverty and stunting, are associated with long-term disadvantages to health, education, social adjustment and earnings.
Early childhood educators are paid below the national average.
Research shows early childhood educators tend to prop up their low-paid jobs using their household income, or by borrowing from families.
The shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said child care costs had undergone a ‘massive increase’ since the last federal election.
Labor's shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said there has been a massive increase in child care costs under the Coalition government. Is that an accurate reflection of the data?
What children learn in their first 2000 days of life is the most vital, so early learning shouldn’t be dismissed as babysitting.
The reorganisation of federal ministerial portfolios this week moved early childhood education and care from social services to education. This is a good thing.
Cuts to funding in education and research shows a lack of planning for the future.
You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. But the tinkerings to last year's education budget still mean a "fail" for education funding.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pointed to Canada as the best model of early learning, but he doesn’t understand the full benefit.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pointed to Canada as the best model of early learning, but he doesn't understand the full benefit.
A combination of education and care makes Sweden’s early childhood education so much better than Australia’s.
Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care.
The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare will help inform the Abbott government’s soon-to-be-unveiled ‘families package’.
Many of the Productivity Commission's proposals derive from assumptions that the funding of these services should ensure minimal interference, with a classic, market-based model for meeting "demand".
The Productivity Commission’s focus is less on quality early learning and more about where to put the kids while the folks are at work.
The long-awaited report to government by the Productivity Commission on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is a disappointment for the sector. The report ignored what leading experts in education and…
Means-testing the child care rebate means some families are paying twice since their taxes already support education.
Recent media reports suggest that the Productivity Commission into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning will recommend that the simplified single-payment child-care rebate is means-tested. This is not…