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Early Learning : Everyone Benefits

10 May 2016 9:52 AM | Deleted user

Early Learning: Everyone Benefits is a positive campaign which aims to:

  • increase public awareness and understanding of the benefits of investing in early learning for Australia’s future prosperity; and
  • increase access to quality programs that amplify children’s development. 

Why invest more in early learning?

  • One in five Australian children start school vulnerable in their social, emotional or cognitive development and will fail to catch up, according to the Australian Early Development Census.
  • Children who attend a high-quality early childhood program in the year before school are up to 40 per cent ahead of their peers by the time they reach Year 3 in primary school.
  • All children benefit from early learning, and vulnerable children benefit the most. 
  • By age five, a child’s vocabulary can predict their educational success and outcomes at age 30.

How do all Australians benefit?

  • It’s cost effective for everyone—studies show the greatest return on educational investment is made during the first five years.
  • Improved outcomes for children accessing quality early learning flow on to huge economic and social benefits for all of us—estimated to contribute up to $10 billion to our economy by 2050, according to areport by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Children who start school in good shape can develop the expertise and skills to become productive members of the workforce and contribute to society.
  • Most importantly, investing in the early years for vulnerable children breaks the cycle of disadvantage.  


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