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Media Release | Apr 3, 2019

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia welcomes one more year of funding for preschool education

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) welcomes the Government’s one year extension to the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, enabling every child in Australia continued access to a quality preschool education for the year before school.

ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death said that we know that the ages three to five are critical to brain development and children who have attended preschool and accessed quality play-based learning make the very best transitions to school.

“The Federal Government preschool funding has enabled the participation rate of four-year olds in preschool to rise above the OECD average however, our three-year olds access to early learning still lags behind many other countries including New Zealand, the United Kingdom and China.

“Currently, one in five children start school behind their peers and struggle to catch up, we would like the Government to increase its commitment to fund access to two years of early learning for every Australian child.”