Thrive by Five welcomes teacher’s call for two years of universal preschool
4 August 2021 – Thrive by Five has backed the Australian Education Union’s call for National Cabinet to prioritise investment in two years of preschool for all Australian children.
“This is an important message for the nation’s leaders from Australia’s public teachers, principals and education support staff,” Thrive by Five CEO Jay Weatherill said.
“The evidence is overwhelming. Two years of high-quality, play based learning at preschool in the years before children start school helps give children a jump start into their education.
“The Federal Government made that commitment for four-year-olds in the May Budget and we have already seen leadership from some states and territories to make preschool available for three-year-olds as well.
“Now it’s time to make this a priority for the National Cabinet, so that all children in every state and territory can benefit.”
Thrive by Five is also calling for investment in two years of preschool as part of a five point plan for early learning reform for National Cabinet.
- Agree to a new Federal-State Agreement to deliver universal three-year-old preschool across the country to match the agreement in place for four year old preschool.
- Lift the childcare subsidy to 95 per cent for all children and set agreed fee caps.
- Make the childcare subsidy available to all children regardless of the service type and the income or work status of the parents.
- Start workforce planning for a universal system and fund appropriate pay and conditions for educators to end the problem of skill shortages, high vacancy rates and high staff turnover rates across the sector.
- To achieve these outcomes, we ask that early education and childcare become a part of the National Cabinet reform agenda to deal with complexities of the system and build a true national universal system.