This report from the Mitchell Institute released on Friday notes that quality is key in early childhood education in Australia, but many early learning services aren’t meeting the standards required to have an impact.
Quality is Key in Early Childhood Education looks at how Australia is tracking for process quality.
This is the area that grows children’s early literacy, language development, reasoning and problem solving skills. Arguably the most important of the quality areas, process quality focuses on the interactions between staff and children, and teacher-directed learning activities. This paper finds that disadvantaged children are more likely to miss out on high quality ECEC. It also finds that quality varies more for younger children.
Not surprisingly pre-service education and training programs are called out as as key enablers to build educator capability and lift quality across the system.