Set up for Success: An Early Childhood Strategy for the ACT provides a comprehensive, joined-up policy framework to guide the delivery of early childhood services and coordinate education, health and community service provision for our youngest residents.
The Strategy, which outlines the plan for early childhood education and care in the ACT for the next decade, is based on overwhelming international and national evidence on the importance of quality early childhood education, including the seminal Australian report Lifting our Game. The goal is to achieve an education system that sets all children up for success and the opportunity for a fair, decent life – in line with the Future of Education Strategy.
Set up for Success: An Early Childhood Strategy for the ACT (849kb) was developed following extensive consultation with community stakeholders and the education and care sector from November 2018 to April 2019. It is based on four foundations:
- A fair start for every child is the provision of access to quality early childhood education for every child, equitably delivered with a priority on those that would most benefit
- Valuing educators, values children recognises that quality interactions with children drives child development and therefore educators must be professionally recognised in rewarding, empowering, maturing but sustainable ways.
- Every child has a story affirms that each child has a unique background and circumstances and each child’s learning and development needs, and opportunities should be nurtured and supported.
- Working together for children reflects the need to make the best use of public funding to ensure that children and families experience best practice in early childhood education and care.
A consultation process was undertaken between November 2018 and April 2019 to inform the development of the Early Childhood Strategy. The process was focused and targeted to capture detailed qualitative feedback from key stakeholders to identify specific interests and needs within the community. Conversations were had with children, families, the early childhood education and care workforce and the sector.
The consultation process included 78 sessions with 471 participants, this included 7 sessions with 101 children conducted through conversations, artwork and fun. Discussions with 138 families at 22 locations/groups. 22 sessions with 105 staff from Outside School Hours Care, Early Childhood Education and Care staff and executives across the sector. In addition, 28 peak bodies and associations participated.
The consultation report can be viewed below: