INDEPENDENT REPORT CONFIRMS: QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MATTERS

An independent report released yesterday has confirmed that early childhood quality reforms are working and need to stay.

The summary of findings of the 2014 review of the National Quality Framework consultation process has provided positive feedback from the sector, parents and families on quality reforms.

The report concluded:

The systematic feedback from the consultation process was supportive of the National Quality Framework. While it was felt there were still improvements that needed to be made to the National Quality Framework, particularly in terms of its implementation, it was clear that the Framework had provided significant benefits in the short time it had been implemented.

[SUMMARY OF FINDINGS FROM THE 2014 NATIONAL QUALITY FRAMEWORK REVIEW CONSULTATION PROCESS]

“These findings show a clear and consistent message from parents and services – quality matters and quality works,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, said.

“Parents know the value of a professional workforce to educate children in these crucial early years and they can see the difference since Labor introduced the reforms.”

Just last month Tony Abbott said he didn’t care about the early years –

I’m not that fussed about how kids start school, it’s how kids finish school that matters.

[TONY ABBOTT, DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014]

“The sector and parents are sending a clear message to the Abbott Government not to mess around with quality,” Kate Ellis said.

“It’s up to Tony Abbott to show he understands the importance of quality early education.”

“The Abbott Government needs to come out of hiding and declare its support for quality.”

Australian studies show children who attended quality preschool or kindergarten go on to score significantly better in Year 3 NAPLAN tests.

“The Abbott Government must promise not to implement cheap and nasty child care reform,” Kate Ellis said.

“The Government needs to change its outdated view of early childhood education and care as some sort of a baby-sitting service.”

 

WEDNESDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2014