Goodstart is committed to advocating on behalf of children and explaining the importance of quality early learning.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we exist purely to improve the lives of children and their families. We are working with others in the early learning and care sector to highlight important issues and to emphasise — to governments around the nation, to business and to the broader community — the value of quality early learning to children, their families and the country.
Every day across the nation thousands of Goodstart educators work with children from almost 60,000 Australian families to provide quality early learning. That experience, the views of our families, international best practice and research all help inform our advocacy efforts. Over the last few years Goodstart has provided detailed analysis, reports, research, national surveys and polls to better inform inquiries into the childcare sector and proposed government legislation.
What are we advocating for?
Early learning is a highly effective intervention to improve the future lives and education of Australia’s children.
Goodstart believes all of Australia’s children should have continued access to affordable, high quality early learning and care, and actively advocates to government and the community for:
- Quality early learning — maintain, embed and enhance the National Quality Framework, support enhanced evidence-informed practice delivered by a valued and effective workforce
- Universal access — to secure long-term funding of quality early learning in the two years before school
- Vulnerable children — to ensure that all children experiencing vulnerability are able to participate in early learning and are provided with enhanced support
- Work and families — to ensure early learning and care is affordable and flexible
- Improving laws and policies — to protect Australian children from abuse.
We work closely with The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia, Early Childhood Australia, the Australian Council of Social Services, United Voice, the Australian Childcare Alliance, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, and our Founding Members on early learning and care policy issues.
What are we doing to meet these goals?
As part of our commitment to advocacy, in the past few years Goodstart has been heavily involved in a range of campaigns, inquiries and reports, including:
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- Supporting the Smart Start campaign to generate family and community interest in supporting additional funding for quality early learning and care.
- Actively supported the Launch into Learning and the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaigns to highlight to government and the community about the value of two years of play-based learning before children’s transition to school
- Formal government responses to Federal Government’s Jobs for Families childcare package; Productivity Commission (PC) Inquiry and 2015 Federal Budget; National Quality Framework Review; and Universal Access National Partnership Review and Extension.
What is Goodstart doing to support the needs of vulnerable children?
Vulnerable children are at the forefront of our advocacy efforts.
- We have vigorously advocated for improved access and support for vulnerable children through the development of the Federal Government’s 2018 childcare reforms package.
- At a state and local level our people are strongly advocating for the needs of children experiencing vulnerability.
- We are working to improve the evidence base in the area through our extensive research partnerships across the country.
Like to know more?
Keep an eye on the News & Advice section, our media centre and the Smart Start website to keep up-to-date with our Advocacy campaigns.