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.