The Early Learning Association of Australia is the peak body for parents and service providers working to delivery high quality early learning programs to all kids. They provide invaluable training, advice, lobbying and resources for their members - over 1200 early childhood education and care services, including independent, community-managed preschools, cluster managers, long day-care services, integrated services and more. They've been an absolutely fount of wisdom and pillar of support for me in my role as Vice President of a public, independent, community-run preschool in relation to the myriad staffing, occupational health and safety, policy and regulatory issues that cross my desk as Vice President of an independent, community-managed, public preschools, and as an academic exploring education policy.
So when ELAA asked me to write an article for them pulling out key points from the Quality Early Learning For All report I co-authored with colleagues from the Mitchell Institute, I was very happy to say yes.
Here's a taster:
The research is clear. High quality early education is one of the best investments governments can make to maximize learning and life chances for all kids, especially those most vulnerable.