High quality early childhood education is an investment in the future, says a submission by the IEU to the Productivity Commissionâs Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. Main points included:
1. High quality early childhood education and care:
- is an investment in the future as studies have shown this leads to savings in grade retention, special education classes, welfare, juvenile justice etc.
- improves performance at school â children that attend quality early education programs demonstrate higher NAPLAN and international testing results in later years at school
- is an important form of intervention for children most at risk of developmental delay â those with additional needs, those from low income families, those living in rural and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
2. There should be no watering down of the National Quality Framework or delay in its implementation.
3. Governments at all levels need to increase investment in early childhood education and care by funding wages parity for early childhood teachers.
To view the IEUâs submission go to http://bit.ly/1iMVjlN
Distance and disadvantage
Children growing up in regional Australia have poorer cognitive development than their city counterparts but not social-emotional and physical wellbeing outcomes, says Dr Ben Edwards, Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies of The Tyrannies of Distance and Disadvantage research report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
The tyranny of distance impacts âon the ability of children in regional areas to understand, process information, and communicate," says Dr Edwards.
But there are positives for children in regional areas.
"It's important to understand that while high levels of achievement may be important for children in regional areas seeking to go to university, teenagers in regional areas learn independence and leadership working on farms and in community groups and these skills are often transferable to jobs that may be more available in regional areas."
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