Add your name and support the call for an Early Learning System that Supports Children with Disability and Developmental Needs From Birth

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All children deserve a high-quality, affordable early education and care system that is universally accessible.

But the current early education and care system is not working for children with disability and neurodiverse profiles.

That is why we are calling for a truly inclusive, universally accessible early learning and childcare system that would set up these children to reach their full potential.

Together, we call on State, Territory and Federal Governments to deliver an early learning system that can support children with disability and developmental needs from birth and set them up for the rest of their lives, by:

  • Investing in and working with Aboriginal community-controlled services to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with disability are supported in culturally appropriate early education and care settings.
  • Integrating health and disability support services, such as speech pathology and occupational therapy, with early education and care centres to reduce barriers for children to receive the support they need in familiar settings, allowing them to develop and maintain strong and meaningful connections with other children.
  • Providing additional training and resources to early childhood educators and early learning centres, so they are better able to identify and assist children with early developmental differences and create environments that will support children and their families to thrive in the long-term.
  • Implementing greater collaboration between the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the early education and care sector to ensure children and families have consistent and clear support in their local communities.

The early education and care system urgently needs reform because the NDIS by itself cannot do all the work alone in terms of helping children with disability.

Add your name to the call by completing the form on this page.

Read the communiqué here.