Thrive by Five welcomes NSW Government strategy for Aboriginal education
17 June 2021 – Thrive by Five, the national campaign to reform early learning and childcare, has welcomed the NSW Government’s $23 million investment in Indigenous early learning announced in the State Budget.
The Berejiklian Government investment will help increase opportunities for First Nations children to learn the language of their heritage, as well as increasing the enrolment of Indigenous children in early learning.
“The science is very clear. Children’s brains grow to 90 per cent of the size of an adult brain during their first five years. This makes those years absolutely critical to ensuring children have the opportunity thrive,” Thrive by Five CEO Jay Weatherill said.
One in five children in Australia are considered developmentally vulnerable at the time they start school. These vulnerable children are more than twice as likely to be Indigenous than non-Indigenous.
This investment aligns closely with Closing the Gap targets and will help increase the accessibility and quality of early learning for First Nations children. It will also increase the opportunities for all children to learn about Indigenous Australian culture.
“Every child should be able to access the benefits of a quality early education and every parent should have the choice to enrol their children in a quality early learning service, no matter their background or circumstances,” Mr Weatherill said.
“This NSW Government initiative is an excellent example of the kind of reform in early learning and childcare Thrive by Five is calling for to make Australia’s early learning and childcare system high quality, universally accessible and affordable.
“We are increasingly seeing State and Territory Governments taking leadership on that reform. We would encourage State and Territory leaders to bring this kind of leadership to National Cabinet next month.”