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Early years learning framework consultations: Adelaide.

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The Hon Maxine McKew MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care 25 November, 2008

Media Release

Early Years Learning Framework Consultations - Adelaide

South Australian early childhood practitioners, parents and other stakeholders will have a unique opportunity

to have their say on the future of early childhood education in Australia, through public consultations to be

held in Adelaide on 26 November.

The South Australian consultation sessions are part of a series of forums to be held in each capital city.

Adelaide will host two public consultation sessions on Wednesday 26 November 2008 at the Hilton Adelaide

Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, from 3-5 pm and from 6.30-8.30 pm.

The Commonwealth Government, in partnership with state and territory governments, is developing the Early

Years Learning Framework to guide the practice of early childhood educators and ensure quality and national

consistency in delivery.

The Early Years Learning Framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early

childhood education and care, being progressed through the Council of Australian Governments’ productivity

reform agenda.

A draft of the Early Years Learning Framework has been developed by a consortium of early childhood experts

led by Charles Sturt University.

This framework has been released to guide the consultation process taking place in capital cities throughout

November and December.

“The forums are integral to the development of the framework, to ensure that the early childhood sector and

parents have the opportunity to review, discuss and refine key components,” said Ms McKew.

“We want a world class, evidence-based framework, accepted by all jurisdictions, early childhood experts and


On 2 October 2008, the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, and Ms McKew announced $700 000 in

funding to the consortium to develop the framework to improve outcomes and opportunities for children

during their critical early years.

“The Early Years Learning Framework is a key component of the Australian Government’s early childhood

education reforms which encompass significant investment in the education, care, health and development of

our children,” Ms McKew said.

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