Lifting Our Game - Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools through Early Childhood Interventions
This independent Review was commissioned by state and territory officials in Australia to complement the Commonwealth Government’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.
The review was led by Professor Deborah Brennan and Sue Pascoe AM. They were asked to consider and make recommendations on the most effective interventions in early childhood, with a focus on school readiness, improving achievement in schools and future success in employment or further education.
The report finds that quality early childhood education makes a significant contribution to achieving educational excellence in schools. There is growing evidence that participation in quality early childhood education improves school readiness and lifts NAPLAN results and PISA scores. Children who participate in high quality early childhood education are more likely to complete year 12 and are less likely to repeat grades or require additional support. High quality early childhood education also has broader impacts; it is linked with higher levels of employment, income and financial security, improved health outcomes and reduced crime. It helps build the skills children will need for the jobs of the future.
The views and opinions expressed in the Review belong to the Review and do not necessarily reflect the views of, or have the endorsement of, any state or territory government, or of any minister, department or official.
Early Childhood Education and Care: Non-Government Centre Based Services in the ACT
In 2016 the Directorate undertook a review of the ACT’s early childhood education and care sector. The review was initiated in response to the 2016 Report on Government Services data on affordability of ACT early childhood education and care services and the proportion of fully qualified workers in the sector.
This report is incorporates the evidence of the 2016 review, and focusses on quality, accessibility, affordability and capacity of non-government centre based services within the sector.
The evidence in this report is consistent with other reports such as the Lifting our Game - Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools through Early Childhood Interventions.
The Directorate is considering the evidence in the development of an Early Childhood Strategy for the ACT.
Evaluation of Early Childhood Schools and the Koori Preschool Program
The Directorate is committed to all children having access to high quality early childhood education and care, and that the Early Childhood Schools and Koori Preschool Program continue to meet intent of the Early Childhood Schools: A framework for their development as learning and development centres for children (birth to eight) and their families.
In mid 2015, the Directorate engaged a consortium of researchers from the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University to undertake an evaluation of Early Childhood Schools and the Koori Preschool Program.
This followed the 2012 ACT Auditor General’s Performance Audit into Early Childhood Schooling and the Directorate’s subsequent implementation of the recommendations of the Auditor General’s Report throughout 2013-14.
The Evaluation focused on the recommendations of the Auditor-General’s Report and references the following key areas:
- integrated service delivery
- high quality programs and practice
- family support and participation
- access for vulnerable and disadvantaged students
- achievement of student outcomes
- sustainability of governance models, leadership structures and resourcing.