We are hosting this discussion until December 21st on Mindhive which works like Facebook. You can simply post your answers to the discussion page and/or post an idea, an experience or respond to other peoples comments, too.
The online discussion will be converted into a white paper which will be emailed to every Federal and State MP in early 2021 (along with the list of signatures and supporting businesses) so that the needs of families cannot be ignored, again.
WHY NOW? Regrettably, the issue of universal access to quality early education and care was not addressed in the historic October budget by the Morrison government.
Ahead of the May budget, we want to raise the issue of universal access to ECEC with the federal government. We’re having this conversation now so we can let the government know how this is impacting you and your family. The more voices, perspectives and experiences shared, the better.
Join the discussion an become part of history! This pandemic has potentially created an accelerated path towards reform. If we seize this moment to capture the attention of decision-makers around the importance of these policies and the existence of viable alternatives, change is possible and parents and children will thrive. We'd love you to join us!
WHAT ELSE? We are warmly inviting educators in early education and care services to join the discussion, too. They are woefully underpaid and underappreciated and deserve to be paid professional wages for the important work they do.
AND, FINALLY We believe that universally accessible quality ECEC is the most compelling, valuable policy the federal government could pursue to ensure Australia’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic leading to a healthier, more equitable and more sustainable future.
Eliminating the high cost of early education and investing in a high-quality ECEC system that is accessible to all children will boost the economy. It will also increase women’s participation in the paid workforce, alleviating significant financial pressure in households and giving children the best possible start to life.