A child’s brain develops more in their first five years than it will for the rest of their life. During this time, vital foundations are laid that will equip children to be capable and confident learners, to have good executive function and emotional regulation, build positive relationships with others, and participate in society throughout their lives. Quality early education plays a key role in supporting children’s development.
Universal access to two years of a high-quality preschool (or kindergarten) program is one of the best ways to amplify children’s learning and development, and to lift educational achievement in Australia. Providing two years of high-quality preschool programs, delivered by skilled and well-supported early childhood educators, gives every child the opportunity to reach their potential and be a real contributor to Australia’s social and economic prosperity.