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New Grattan report says cheaper ECEC will lift economy out of recession

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services should be made cheaper to enable more women to do more paid work, and to help lift the economy out of the COVID recession, a new report from The Grattan Institute has outlined.

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by Freya Lucas

PM adds clarity to JobKeeper for ECEC and pandemic leave in latest announcement

Following yesterday’s press conference by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, clarifying which businesses, industries and sectors would be affected by Stage Four lockdown measures to combat COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference in which he addressed two pressing issues for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, namely the provision of pandemic leave, and a possible return of JobKeeper. 

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by Freya Lucas

Evaluation finds significant skill gain for children who joined three-year-old pilot in Tas

A recent evaluation of the Tasmanian Working Together – supporting early learning pilot, which gave eligible children an opportunity to participate in up to 400 hours of free, quality early learning in the year before they start kindergarten, found that parents of children participating felt their children “had gained skills which significantly contributed to a successful transition to kindergarten”.

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by Freya Lucas

There are 3 new Closing the Gap education targets: here's what they miss

The federal government this week unveiled the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Under the strategy, all Australian governments committed to 16 targets, three of which are directly related to early childhood and school education.

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by Freya Lucas

Tehan announces $6m Additional Viability Support Payments for OSHC sector in VIC

The Federal Government will provide an estimated $6 million of support to working Victorian families impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown and help them access care outside school hours, Education Minister Dan Tehan announced this morning.

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by Freya Lucas

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