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Please Invest In The Building Blocks of Our Children's Education, Prime Minister

The Federal Government must invest in the very earliest stages of education if it wants to produce smarter generations to replace our aging population in the workforce, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Childcare and Education, says Max Angus, Professor of Education at Edith Cowan University has given the Prime Minister some sound policy advice.

"The Prime Minister is right when he says that a commitment to better standards in education will help overcome the aging of Australia's population, but he doesn't seem to understand what such a commitment involves,'' Senator Hanson-Young said. "As Professor Angus has pointed out, governments tend to focus on the last two years of school, desperately pumping funds into these areas in the hope of maximising results.

"The Greens agree that the Federal Government should be investing in education, but the problem is that Year 11 or 12 is too late to start building proper education standards.

"We need to start valuing our children more, and that has to start with the standards of early childhood education and care, which is critical for the development of our children.''

The Greens believe that the key to early childhood education is having an affordable, accessible, high-quality system run by enough qualified staff to allow every child to receive the personal attention and care they deserve and need. This is echoed by the need for better support for primary school teachers and the presence of more qualified teachers in our schools.

"In particular, we need to find a way to link funding for providers to standards of care and educational outcomes - in other words, we need to make the Government's money work to the advantage of our children,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Productivity Commission should be given the opportunity to review funding models so we can find a mechanism for the Government to ensure quality care that doesn't cost parents the earth. The Greens will continue to push the Rudd Government to widen its focus and work to improve standards of education from the earliest years of a child's life.''

 

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