'For all our children' : report of the independent inquiry into the provision of universal access to high quality preschool education /Publisher: Southbank, Vic. Australian Education Union 2004Description: 74 p. : illISBN: 9781863480383; 1863480382Subject(s): Early Childhood Education | Education, Preschool Costs | Equality Education | Low Income Families | Academic Achievement | Preschool Children | Disadvantaged Groups | Social Exclusion | Educational Participation | Australian Education Union (aeu) | Education And TrainingDDC classification: 372.210994 WAL Online Resources: Electronic copy
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As a relatively wealthy country, Australia is one of the four lowest spending of 36 countries on preschool education for children aged three years and over. The Commonwealth government provides assistance to all other sectors of education, but since 1985 has provided no support to preschools. This national under-resourcing of preschool education underpins many of the barriers that currently prevent universal access to high quality preschool education. Within it, different systems are providing different levels of commitment to preschool education, leading to inequities in the cost to parents and the level of support and resources provided to services. The AEU initiated this independent inquiry because of our concern about the children who continue to miss out on such access. The inquiry is underpinned by a commitment to equity and the belief that all children in Australia should have access to a high quality free public preschool education.
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