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Symposium to discuss Early Years Learning Framework.

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The Hon Maxine McKew MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care 28 May, 2008

Media Release

Symposium to discuss Early Years Learning Framework

The Australian Government is moving ahead with its plan to develop a national Early Years Learning

Framework with a symposium to be held in Canberra on 28 and 29 May.

Representatives from federal, state and territory governments, peak organisations and early childhood

education experts will begin work on determining the principles and components of the framework.

"The development of an Early Years Learning Framework is an important step towards realising the

Australian Government’s vision of high-quality, integrated, accessible and affordable care and education for

young children," Ms McKew said.

"It will be Australia’s first national early childhood framework for children with the aim of ensuring a seamless

transition into formal schooling."

The framework will inform the development of the new national Quality Standards that will provide nationally

consistent standards for early childhood settings across Australia.

"The Early Years Learning Framework will need to be suited to the Australian learning environment and will

take into account the diversity of our nation and our communities," Ms McKew said.

"Our goal is to build a learning framework that is locally valid, nationally embraced and internationally


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"This will be accomplished through an extensive process of consultation and cooperation with all


The symposium will be facilitated by a Monash University consortium and will present a discussion paper on

quality learning and development for young children.

Media Contact:

Trish Drum 0434 652 582

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