Visions and directions for early childhood education and care in Australia

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details


Date & time

Monday 07 May 2012


Springbank Room, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Mr Michael White, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Australia; Ms Naomi Eisenstadt, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and others


Ms Yanhong Ouyang
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In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) released the National Early Childhood Development Strategy. The Strategy signals a national commitment to early childhood education and development. It acknowledges that the current system ‘is struggling to cope with overall demand and many children and families are not getting the help they need’. The National Strategy provides a foundation for the development of a strong, cohesive and responsive approach to early childhood education and development in Australia. Yet key challenges remain, including the nature of current governance arrangements and policy frameworks.

In 2011 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Global Thought Leadership Group released the discussion paper ‘A practical vision for early childhood education and care’. The paper identifies some of the challenges facing Australia in the area of early childhood education and Care and maps out a vision and a pathway forward. This symposium will build on the ideas presented the paper.

The discussion at this event will focus on questions inlcuding what is needed to achieve the vision of ‘the best start in life’ for all children in Australia? How can the quality of services be improved? How can the fragmentation that characterises the existing systems be overcome? What can Australia learn from international experience?
Speakers include:

> Mr Michael White, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Australia
> Ms Naomi Eisenstadt, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
> Dr Sharon Bessell, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
> Professor Adrian Kay, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
> Professor Deborah Brennan, University of New South Wales
> Professor Collette Tayler, The University of Melbourne
> Dr Anne Meade, The National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW), New Zealand
> Ms Jayne Meyer Tucker, Good Beginnings Australia

This event will include the launch of ‘Providing a Sure Start: How government discovered early childhood’ by Naomi Eisenstadt and published by Policy Press.

This event is hosted by the Children’s Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Goodstart Early Learning and Good Beginnings Australia.

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