Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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08 Jul 2011 - Enriching Children's Lives Outside School Hours
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT PARTICIPATION
AND CHILD CARE
THE HON PETER GARRETT MP
MINISTER FOR SCHOOL EDUCATION, EARLY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
8 July 2011
Enriching children's lives outside school hours
Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, and Minister for Early Childhood, Peter Garrett, today announced their support of the Council of Australian Governments' first national framework for school aged care.
Ms Ellis said the framework, My Time, Our Place - Framework for School Age Care in Australia, is about helping kids to build relationships and develop important life skills.
"The framework was developed with the consultation of kids, academics, families and carers of school age children," Ms Ellis said.
"My Time, Our Place draws on international evidence that at an early age kids learn and develop the skills and behaviours required for a successful future as an adult."
Minister for Early Childhood, Peter Garrett, said the framework is a part of the Australian Government's vision that all children should have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.
"It is important we think about how we engage with our children, as parents, as carers and as teachers, to provide them with opportunities to learn, to explore and to develop socially," Mr Garrett said.
Ms Ellis said the Australian Government is working with key industry organisations, including the National Out of School Hours Services Association, to develop support materials, which was a key request during the consultation period.
"The support materials we are developing - including online resources, an interactive on-line learning forum, an educators' guide, Q&A panels, lectures and monthly newsletters - are all crucial to the implementation and success of My Time, Our Place," Ms Ellis said.
The materials are expected to be finalised in time for services to engage prior to the implementation of the National Quality Framework.
My Time, Our Place builds on the Early Years Learning Framework released in July 2009.
The framework is a part of the Australia Government's National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, which commences in January 2012.
The Australian Government is already providing $16.4 billion to support families with the cost of child care annually, and $61.3 million over four years for the implementation of the National Quality Framework.
For more information about the National Quality Agenda visit www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood.