Lifting our Game
Independent review finds that investment in early childhood is critical to improving Australia’s education outcomes.
Leaders of government departments from all states and territories commissioned the independent Review "Lifting our Game" to consider how best to strengthen early childhood education in Australia to foster improved student achievement and whole of life outcomes. The Review was led by Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan.
The report shows that children who participate in quality early childhood education have improved school results, are less likely to need additional support in school and are more likely to complete Year 12.
Attendance at preschool is also linked to better health and employment prospects and the benefits are even greater for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
The report highlights that investing in early childhood education will pay off in the long run – with a return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.
Over the past decade, Australian governments have worked collaboratively to achieve important early childhood education and care reforms, including the introduction of Universal Access to Early Childhood Education in the year before school and a regulation, assessment and rating system under the National Quality Framework.
The Review’s report notes that there have been five successive short-term National Partnerships to support universal access to early childhood education in the last ten years. This uncertainty hampers effective planning and investment in early childhood education services, and ultimately impacts on outcomes for children.
The report and findings complement the Commonwealth Government's Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, chaired by Mr David Gonski AC, which is due to report in March 2018.