All children deserve access to quality education that gives them the best start to life.
That’s why Uniting Vic. Tas has been advocating for political parties to commit to 15-hours a week of fully funded, high-quality early learning for every three-year-old.
Early learning is an essential stepping stone to a better future, especially for children experiencing disadvantage.
Children who attend two years of early learning before starting school are more likely to complete secondary education, have better results in exams, and attend post-secondary education.
Our recent research in Victoria found that 93 per cent of people believe early learning is either important or very important to a child’s development.
But over a third (37%) of the families currently sending their child to early learning before the age of four reported a major impact on their ability to cover essential costs such as housing, food and utilities.
We were pleased when the recently re-elected Victorian government committed to early learning funding for all three year olds.
We look forward to this being rolled out across Victoria.
To find out more about our early learning report, please click here