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The Smart Start campaign aims to educate Australia’s government and communities on the importance of quality early learning. The first five years sets a child up for school and life. The learning habits they develop in these critical years can last a lifetime.

Watch the video to find out more about the campaign and what you can do to help.

We’re calling for quality early learning and childcare to be made more affordable for ALL Australia’s families because it benefits our children and the nation.

The Smart Start campaign is calling on the government to:

  1. Increase funding for early learning and childcare
  2. Provide more support and access to early learning and childcare for children who are vulnerable
  3. Continue to support quality through improved ratios and qualified educators

_MG_9907Why does early learning matter?

The first five years is when more than 80% of a child’s brain development occurs. However, Australia ranks poorly and spends less on early learning compared to most developed nations.

  • We rank 21 out of 37 countries behind the UK, France, New Zealand and Korea.
  • Australian families are spending as much as 30 per cent of their income on childcare. This can mean vulnerable children do not have access to early learning, when these are the children who could benefit from it most.

_MG_1173What has Australia done so far?

Australia is half-way through a ten-year major reform to roll out the National Quality Framework (NQF) to raise the quality of early learning and catch up with the rest of the world through:

  • Improved educator-to-child ratios.
  • Better qualified and trained educators.
  • Better learning programs.

Early learning and childcare is made affordable for families by government support through:

  • Direct funding to the early learning sector.
  • Assistance to families through the Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB).

About Goodstart Early Learning

Owned by four of Australia’s most trusted charitable organisations, The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia, Goodstart operates as a not-for-profit. This means all surplus generated is invested back into our early learning initiatives, for the benefit of every child.

Goodstart’s vision is for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life. To ensure children have the learning, development and wellbeing outcomes they need, for school and life.

Media contacts

Please email info@thesmartstart.com.au.