Share your regional, rural & remote stories

The Parenthood is calling on all levels of government to improve access to early childhood education and care (ECEC) in regional, rural and remote Australia.

ECEC accessibility can be tricky anywhere in Australia, but in the regions it is a real struggle to access any form of childcare. This has profound impacts on families and communities: children miss out on social, educational and health benefits; parents struggle to participate in the workforce; local economies are affected. It's not good enough.

Our report, 'Choiceless: The plight of parents in accessing regional, rural and remote early learning and care', features 166 stories and case studies from all across the country detailing the struggles families and towns face without adequate access to childcare.

In 2024, we will release an updated report - and we need your stories.

These more stories, the harder it is for governments to ignore this issue. The more stories, the easier it is to call for change.

Can you please help us convince governments by sharing your experiences with rural, remote and regional ECEC?

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