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Right now, 1 in 5 children in Australia start school behind.

We know the ages 3 to 5 are critical for brain development. That’s why children who’ve had access to two years of high quality, play-based early learning make the best transitions to school.

In the lead up to the Federal Election, we’re calling on all parties to commit to ensuring that every child has access to two years of play-based learning, to help launch them into their learning journey! 

To do this, we’re asking Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten to commit to 5 key things:

  • significant new investment in all children to ensure they attend two years of high quality early learning in the vital years before they begin primary school
  • better support for children experiencing disadvantage or vulnerability by ensuring they attend 600 hours of quality preschool programs
  • fixing the Child Care Subsidy so that it supports all children’s access to preschool programs
  • a strategy to ensure Australia has sufficient numbers of highly trained early childhood teachers and educators – who are well paid and well respected
  • on-going commitment to the National Quality Framework which helps ensure all preschool programs are of high quality

Will you sign the petition now, to call on Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten to commit to giving every child the best chance to flourish? 

Read the petition here
To Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten, Right now, 1 in 5 children in Australia start school behind. We know the ages 3 to 5 are critical for brain development. That’s why children who’ve had access to two years of high quality, play-based early learning make the best transitions to school.

We ask you to commit to:

  • significant new investment in all children to ensure they attend two years of high quality early learning in the vital years before they begin primary school
  • better support for children experiencing disadvantage or vulnerability by ensuring they attend 600 hours of quality preschool programs
  • fixing the Child Care Subsidy so that it supports all children’s access to preschool programs
  • a strategy to ensure Australia has sufficient numbers of highly trained early childhood teachers and educators – who are well paid and well respected
  • on-going commitment to the National Quality Framework which helps ensure all preschool programs are of high quality

2 years of high quality, play-based early learning grows confident, capable and curious young learners who are ready to thrive when they start school

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