Thrive by Five calls on Federal Gov to deliver national pan to help protect under 5’s

Thrive by Five calls on Federal Gov to deliver national pan to help protect under 5’s

by Freya Lucas

October 29, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions ease and early learning centres open up in NSW and Victoria, Thrive by Five is calling on the Federal Government to deliver an urgent national plan to help better protect children aged under five years of age, early educators and communities from infection.


Thrive by Five released its Early Years COVID-19 Plan outlining key priorities for government, including greater support for children’s health, greater financial stability and ensuring children who have missed out on critical learning during lockdowns have opportunities to catch up.


The comprehensive plan, CEO Jay Weatherill said, is vital to protect children under five, their families, and educators.


“Australia needs an Early Years COVID-19 Plan that adequately addresses children’s wellbeing,” he said. “It must prioritise high-quality early learning support, health and safety, and the removal of financial barriers to access.”


A failure to develop such a plan, he continued, “jeopardises the wellbeing of an entire generation.” 


“The Federal Government must act now to protect, support, and build resilience for all our young children otherwise they may never catch up in their early learning and social development, and be at risk of long-term mental health issues,” he continued.


“These impacts are significant, cumulative and go to the heart of the health of our families and communities. Additional support for parents, families and educators are also vital.”


“It’s not good enough to leave a future generation of young Australians vulnerable or with the scars of this pandemic when the Federal Government can choose to act now,” he said in closing. 


Thrive by Five’s Early Years COVID-19 Plan is available here.