Launch into Learning is a campaign by Early Learning and Care Council of Australia, an alliance of early learning providers from right across Australia.
Right now, 1 in 5 children in Australia start school developmentally behind their peers. The ages of 3 to 5 are critical in the development of a child’s brain, which is why giving all children access to early learning at this important time in their lives will help launch them into their learning journeys.
In Australia, the government does not fund early learning until age 4. But we know how important those early years of development are to foster social and cognitive skills in young children. That’s why the Launch into Learning campaign, powered by families, educators and friends, will fight to give all 3-year-olds access to early learning.
In the lead up to the Federal Election we’re calling on all parties to commit to funding quality, play-based, age-appropriate early learning for all 3-year-olds so that they can start school ready to thrive.
To ensure every child has access to quality, play-based make access to 2 years of early learning for every child a reality, we’re asking our leaders to commit to 5 key things:
- Significant new investment in all children to ensure they attend two years of high quality early learning in the vital years before they begin primary school
- Better support for children experiencing disadvantage or vulnerability by ensuring they attend 600 hours of quality preschool programs
- Fixing the Child Care Subsidy so that it supports all children’s access to preschool programs
- A strategy to ensure Australia has sufficient numbers of highly trained early childhood teachers and educators – who are well paid and well respected
- On-going commitment to the National Quality Framework which helps ensure all preschool programs are of high quality