Early Childhood Education and Care

Quality childcare and preschool has enormous benefits for young children and our community.

In a fair society, all families should have access to affordable, quality childcare. The Greens recognise early childhood education and care is crucial for a child’s development and it’s time that it was funded properly.

Families should not find it difficult to find early childhood education because of waiting lists or lack of money. Instead, we need to support the early education sector by providing funding for two years of high-quality and free pre-school education which is accessible to everyone.

The educators charged with caring for our children at one of the most crucial development stages in their lives deserve our respect. They should be well compensated for the important work they do and provided with the resources and conditions they need to deliver the best possible education.

Together, we can build an early education system which supports diverse families and gives our children a head start in life.

The Greens believe:

  • Care for children is the responsibility of society as a whole
  • The quality of care received by young children produces flow-on effects for the whole of their lives
  • All children should be able to access high-quality childcare and early childhood educational experiences
  • Positive, interactive learning, educational and socialisation opportunities offered by childcare benefits children and assists a smooth transition to formal education
  • All carers of children should have the opportunity to re-enter or maintain their engagement in the workforce
  • People working in the childcare sector should be fairly remunerated for the important work they do
  • Families should have diversity in their choice of childcare within easy access, including via public transport, of their home and workplace

The Greens will:

  • Ensure public early childhood education is provided by government, accredited community organisations and not-for-profit providers
  • Provide two years free pre-school education to all children delivered by registered, fully qualified educators
  • Increase funding for early childhood education to eliminate waiting lists
  • Increase; opportunities for early childhood education, especially for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ensure pay rates and working conditions for childcare works reflect the skill level required in, and the importance of, childcare work
  • Seek greater assistance for a national planning system for childcare services, including a national demand model for childcare service planning
  • Improve professional development opportunities and professional standards for childcare workers
  • Legislative for comprehensive and transparent reporting requirements across the childcare sector
  • Support the increase in financial assistance for childcare centre programs that offer flexible hours and occasional childcare in what has become an increasingly flexible workplace
  • Improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to early childcare services