The first five years is when 80% of a child’s brain development occurs.
However, Australia ranks poorly and spends less on early learning compared to most developed nations.
The Smart Start campaign is calling on the government to:
- Increase funding for early learning and childcare
- Provide more support and access to early learning and childcare for children who are vulnerable
- Continue to support quality through improved ratios and qualified educators
Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning
The PC made a series of recommendations to government in their final report, February 2015.
Our submissions to the inquiry
Our submissions to the inquiry discuss the critical role of high quality early childhood education, particularly for children experiencing disadvantage.
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Acting early for kids and communities
Giving kids the best possible start in life is good for kids and families now, but it’s also good for families and communities later. Everyone benefits.
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Putting a value on early childhood education and care in Australia
Research by PwC discusses the wide ranging benefits to Australia of investing in quality early learning. Read more
The report discusses how early childhood education can compensate for developmental delays, boost earnings and reduce inequality.Read more
Acting early, changing lives
This research investigates the potential of early intervention to improve the outcomes of Australian children, especially those children experiencing significant levels of disadvantage. Read more