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Early Childhood - COVID-19

News for Early Childhood Members

  • New survey on how families experience ECEC

    This week The Front Project released findings from a survey of over 1000 parents and carers of young children who shared their experiences with early childhood education and care (ECEC) during COVID-19.

    19 Jun 2020
  • A call for more support for ECL during COVID-19 – Jodie Harrison MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning

    The NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning has sent a letter to educators and early education and care providers, indicating her wishes for greater support for ECL during COVID-19.

    19 Jun 2020
  • Education Council - Universal Access National Partnership review

    Education Council considered the final report on the review of the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP). The IEU made a submission to the review and were consulted by the Nous Group in this process.

    16 Jun 2020
  • Government's childcare shocker

    IEU Organiser for the South Coast, Tina Smith, was interviewed by the Illawarra Mercury on the government's announced intention to remove the early childhood education and care relief package that had been providing free childcare to around one million families in Australia.

    12 Jun 2020
  • Policy and funding vacuum remains for early learning

    On Monday 8 June, in a public holiday surprise announcement, the government declared their intention to snap back to the old Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system. This decision potentially leaves the entire sector - families, providers and skilled early childhood education and care professionals – in a policy and funding vacuum.

    9 Jun 2020
  • IEU writes to Dan Tehan

    The IEU wrote to Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in May regarding our concerns that “free childcare” will end abruptly at the end of June.

    2 Jun 2020
  • COAG Universal Funding review

    A call to guarantee five years of Commonwealth funding for guaranteed access to preschool is overdue recognition of the critical role Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has in providing equity of opportunity for all children to get the best start to their education.

    27 May 2020
  • Emergency Town Hall meeting on Childcare in Australia

    You are invited to an emergency Town Hall meeting on the future of childcare and early learning.

    25 May 2020
  • The Front Project

    Two major pieces of work have recently been released by The Front Project as part of a renewed focus on supporting the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector through COVID-19.

    25 May 2020
  • Don't snap back

    The Prime Minister has indicated that the government intends to end fee-free childcare and go back to the old subsidy system on 28 June.

    25 May 2020