Our early childhood education and care system is fragmented, expensive and unwieldy.
It fails to offer the full suite of culturally appropriate settings including long-day and sessional care, centre-based, and/or family-based models.
Fees are rising twice as fast as inflation, preschool enrolment rates are falling, and there is inconsistent quality across early childhood services. The workforce is underpaid and under-valued, and skill shortages are impacting the quality of care provision.
As Georgie Dent, Executive Director of The Parenthood says:
Everyone benefits from an excellent, affordable childcare system.
A high quality, universal early childhood system is an imperative for a modern Australian economy. Other countries are way ahead, showing it is more than possible.