We've asked nine speakers, including economists, writers, politicians, advocates and entrepreneurs, to answer one question. How might Australia look if high quality early childhood education and care was universally accessible for everyone?
That's the question each speaker will answer in the speed-talking online Think Tank we're hosting with Make It Free and MindHive this Thursday 10th December at 12:30 PM (AEDT). Book your free ticket here!
The result of the Think Tank and online discussion will be converted into a white paper which will be emailed to every Federal and State MP in early 2021 so that they cannot readily ignore the potential of this important reform.
Join us and add your comments and questions: How does the cost of childcare impact your decisions about your work, your family, and your future?
Time: 12:30 PM to 1.30 PM AEDT
Book your free ticket HERE!
THINK TANK SPEAKERS to be moderated by Georgie Dent, Executive Director at The Parenthood
- Kristine Ziwica, Journalist, Columnist and Consultant
- Alex Andrews, COO of Verve Super and Co-founder of Make It Free
- Lisa Bryant, Early Education Consultant
- Mehreen Faruqi, Federal Senator for New South Wales
- Matt Grudnoff, Senior Economist, The Australia Institute
- Eva Cox AO, Writer, Feminist, Sociologist, Social Commentator and Activist
- Dee Behan, Parent, Creative Director and Co-founder of Make It Free
- Michael Katerla, Parent and Communications Manager at The Parenthood
- Kalinda Bolt, Site Coordinator of the Women’s Business 2nd Chance Hub
Australian families pay some of the highest out-of-pocket costs for early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the world. Even before the pandemic hit, 48% of parents with children under 5 years were struggling to afford ECEC.
Ahead of the May budget, we want to raise the issue of universal access to ECEC with the federal government and to do that we need to make the views and experiences of women, parents and families known.
Now we are in a recession, it will only get worse. This issue has needed to be addressed for years, but the unprecedented, turbulent times presented by the Covid19 pandemic have exacerbated the urgent need for reform.