Labor knows that investing in the early years of a child’s life delivers significant social and economic returns and is integral in breaking the cycle of disadvantage. That’s why Labor has identified early education as a critical policy area for tackling inequality.
Labor’s Growing Together agenda outlines our vision for a fairer Australia – one in which early education and care is not only considered a priority to get parents back into the workforce, but where the substantial benefits which come from investing in our children are put first.
Labor has a proud history of advancing early education in Australia, and we are driven to build on this foundation.
We know that vulnerable and disadvantaged children have the most to gain from access to early education. And we are looking at international best-practice, where world-leading economies are expanding access to early education - not limiting it.
In contrast, the Government’s child care changes are a step back on both counts. Labor remains concerned about the number of children who will have their access to education reduced or cut altogether – and the impact on our society of these changes.
We thank the early education experts and stakeholders who have contributed to this platform – and we are excited to continue this cooperation in expanding and improving Australia’s early education system.
THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS
MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE