This consultation has now closed - read about the symposium and the data collected on YourSAy here.

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We want to support South Australian families and children through improved early childhood education, and we want to hear your ideas. Get involved and be in the running for one of three prizes - more details here.

What is the issue?

Research shows that access to two years of preschool can reduce the effect of disadvantage, giving children a better start to school, creating benefits that continue into adulthood. It also tells us that it is more effective to support children’s development during these early years than it is to try to ‘fix’ problems when they are older. We know that what happens in the first five years of a child’s life provides the foundation for their development, health and happiness in the later years.

Families constantly juggle the balance between work, home and supporting their children's development, yet child care outside of preschool hours is often difficult to access, fragmented and in some case doesn't effectively support families.

We want you to tell us what you think about these issues: JOIN THE DISCUSSION

The South Australian Government wants to be responsible for the education of our children through early learning, primary school and secondary school - starting from birth and up to 18 years old. Premier Jay Weatherill is committed to leading early childhood education reform and will work with Hon. Susan Close, the Minister for Education and Child Development, to ensure all South Australian families have access to quality early childhood education. On 27 November, the Premier will lead a national discussion on the early childhood reform agenda, which will focus on how states and territories can continue to deliver quality preschool services, meeting the needs of families by providing flexibility and choice.

Within our community we have children who experience disadvantage. The reform agenda also looks to give children who are vulnerable or disadvantaged better access to the support that they need so they have the opportunity to be their best. 

What can you help us with?

We want to hear your views and ideas in three distinct areas:

  • Before and after preschool care
    How do you manage before and after preschool care? How could longer sessions of preschool or access to care before and after the preschool program help you with work/life balance?
  • More services for disadvantaged children
    Tell us how an expanded three-year-old preschool program could make a difference for those South Australian children who need it most? If your child has, or is currently, been participating in a three-year-old preschool program, what benefits have you seen?
  • Greater flexibility and choice for families
    What could be done differently to improve flexibility and choice in accessing quality preschools in South Australia?

Additionally, by letting us know what you think you could be in the running for one of three School Start Buddy cases with a School Start Handbook. Winners will be randomly selected; you can find the Terms and Conditions of the competition here (PDF, 130KB).

How will your input be used?

Your feedback will directly inform the Premier’s discussions about early childhood education service reform at state and national levels at the following events:

  • Early Childhood National Reform Symposium: 27 November 2015, Adelaide. WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE
  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting: 11 December 2015, Canberra

Want to find out more?

If you have any enquiries or want to find out more, you can send us an email via decd.ecreformyoursay@sa.gov.au.

You can also join the conversation online using the #earlychildSA hashtag.