ELACCA welcomes Gowrie Australia as newest member
The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) has welcomed Gowrie Australia as its newest member.
ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death said the peak body was “delighted to welcome the Gowrie network,” a name which has been synonymous with early learning in Australia since the 1930s when the Australian Government began establishing centres for early learning and child development in each of the states.
“We look forward to drawing on the Gowrie organisations’ deep experience as we build a better early learning and care future for Australia,” Ms Death added.
Gowrie Australia is a national consortium of Gowrie organisations, named in honour of Lady Gowrie, which provide services to young children and families in almost every state and territory. Collectively the Gowrie organisations operate more than 50 long day care centres and preschools/kindergartens.
With the addition of Gowrie, ELACCA now has 20 members, operating 2,318 early learning and care services across Australia in every state and territory. ELACCA members provide around 30 per cent of all the approved early learning places in Australia, educating and caring for more than 243,000 children.
Since its establishment in 2014, ELACCA has sought to use its scale and reach to pursue better early learning outcomes for all young Australians, while its work program covers three areas:
- Building higher quality in early learning and care services
- Building the educator workforce
- Improving equity of access to early learning for all children.
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