The OECD’s Education at a Glance report has again backed the importance of children having access to quality early education.
It serves as a timely reminder that Malcolm Turnbull must fix his proposed child care changes, which in their current form will leave one in three families worse off and cut access to early education for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
The OECD has found that access to quality early education better prepares children for school, and has long term benefits:
“Fifteen-year-old students who attend at least one year of pre-primary education perform better on the OECD PISA than those who did not, even after accounting for their socio-economic background.”
[OECD Education at a Glance 2016, p 298]
“Access to quality early education can help address inequality and disadvantage before children even start school,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Kate Ellis, said.
“Giving every child a solid foundation is one of the smartest investments we can make.
“If Malcom Turnbull was really serious about innovation, he would start by fixing his proposed child care changes and making sure all children have adequate access to quality early education.”
Labor is demanding Malcom Turnbull amend his flawed child care changes to:
Fix the activity test so all children have access to two days of early education
Guarantee ongoing support for Budget Base Funded Indigenous and mobile services
Ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged children do not have their access to early education cut
Immediately increase assistance for families, in line with Labor’s policy at the election