Launch into Learning releases ECEC report card ahead of NSW election this weekend
New South Wales voters who are passionate about early childhood education and care (ECEC) can take advantage of a report card, prepared by the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), to support them in understanding commitments made by all major parties ahead of the state election, to be held on 23 March 2019.
The Early Learning Report Card has been produced by ELACCA on behalf of the nation’s largest early learning providers, with the aim of carefully assessing the funding promises made by key political parties in relation to preschool programs, children facing disadvantage, support for ECEC educators, and an ongoing commitment to quality.
ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death said it was important to release the information so that voters with an interest in advancing ECEC know what the parties will deliver for children in NSW, and in particular, what access their policies will provide for two years of early learning.
“Two years of early learning are vital for all children to ensure they are ready for school and for life. Educators in early learning centres have been explaining the power of high-quality early learning to political candidates right across the state in the lead up to polling day,” Ms Death said.
Ms Death outlined the value of the report card, describing it as a careful analysis of the policy commitments given by all major parties, following on from the ‘great momentum’ gained by the Launch into Learning campaign in NSW, where the bipartisan approach taken by campaign leaders had “attracted the attention of both major parties.”
The report card can be viewed here.