Early Childhood Development Council

Connecting decision-makers to deliver the guarantee for young children and families

The Early Childhood Development Council connects researchers, advocates, practitioners and policymakers to make Australia the best place to be a child, and raise a family.

Since its formation in 2020, the Early Childhood Development Council has welcomed addresses from Federal and State Ministers, regulators, and international experts to enhance knowledge sharing and promote best practices.

Convened by the Centre for Policy Development, the Early Childhood Development Council serves as a forum fostering open dialogue among policymakers, industry leaders, and experts to address the challenges faced by the sector and provides opportunities for learning and insight that drive actionable solutions.

In line with CPD’s method, Council meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule on an invitation-only basis, and participants attend in a personal capacity.

Early Childhood Development Council experts

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Early Childhood Development Council recent work

The Eighth Early Childhood Development Council meeting was held on 4 August 2023 in Sydney. The meeting considered the key components of system redesign needed to secure a well connected early
The submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Early Education & Care articulates the need for a high-quality universal early education and care system
The seventh meeting of the Early Childhood Development Council was held in Canberra at Parliament House on Tuesday 29 November 2022. The council brings together senior policymakers from every Australian

Early Childhood Development Council in the media

Childcare should be free, according to Greens member for Western Victoria Sarah Mansfield.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has backed calls for a $10 childcare scheme that has been floated as a way of helping young children get a better education.
There are calls for an overhaul of Australia’s early learning sector as parents battle high costs and low availability. Under the proposal, parents would pay no more than $10 for childcare - if anything at all.
A leading think-tank has put forward a plan suggesting all Australian families could have three days of childcare per week, at a cost of no more than $10 per day.
Could your childcare be just 10 bucks a day in 10 years’ time? Australian think-tank the Centre for Policy Development has charted a path to get us there…amid a growing push to make childcare universal.
Anthony Albanese says universal childcare would be a “national asset” akin to Medicare and superannuation, with the Prime Minister welcoming a fresh proposal to cap childcare at $10 a day as an “important contribution” to efforts to reform the sector.

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