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

CPD welcomes Productivity Commission report recommendations and highlights them as an important first step toward building a truly universal early childhood system
The AERO report comes as NSW and Victorian governments are ramping up investment in preschool education, while the Productivity Commission is due to release a draft report into early childhood education and care in November.
The Australian government is currently looking at how to improve the country’s childcare system, and there are two broad reviews of the existing system being undertaken by the Productivity Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Thursday 16 June 2022 – The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) welcomes today’s joint announcement that Victoria and New South Wales will introduce a universal preschool year as a critical systemic reform with major long-term benefits for children and families.
Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Today’s announcement by the NSW Government on early childhood has been welcomed by early childhood policy experts, as consensus on systemic reform builds across levels of government. The $5b decade-long package includes incentives for operators to
Just over a year ago we brought together people from across Australia to ask what we need to make our country a better place to be a child, and to raise one. It was a big question, but an urgent

Early Childhood Development Council related initiatives

Tackling long-term government policy challenges and instilling confidence in public institutions
Making Australia the best place to be a child and raise a family by building
Shaping government services to meet people’s needs through local, community-focused solutions

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