At every reference group meeting or forum I attend representing CCSA and our members, I lead with “how is government listening to the sector, what ideas can the sector bring, and what does it look like for the services”? I constantly urge government to continue to consult and co-design policy and programs with us as a peak body, and in partnership with services on the ground. With both State and Commonwealth governments announcing stronger commitments to the early childhood sector, I have spoken with many, many members and everyone is really excited, curious and looking forward to more detail. I continue to carry your voice and your stories to every meeting, and advocate with evidence and data that supports good outcomes for children, staff, services and communities.
Now it is your turn to have your say, with the NSW Department of Education calling for submissions on the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year. You might like to think about some of the key considerations that are important to you, what outcomes you would like to see achieved, and what does implementation look like for you and your community. I recognise making a submission might feel overwhelming, but really it is about sharing your perspective, your experiences, your worries and your ideas. Sometimes it is the simplest of sentences, one idea or one comment someone makes, that has the greatest impact on another’s thinking and planning. I urge our CCSA Members to make a submission; keep it simple, straight forward, have your say and be part of the co-design for the future of the children in your community.
The Department is also seeking feedback on the Childcare and Participation Fund and the main issues currently faced by the early childhood education and care sector. You can complete the survey here.
I will continue to represent our members in the Preschool Reform Agreement reference group meetings, and if you would prefer to make your submissions or provide comments directly to us here at firstname.lastname@example.org we will make sure your voice is heard for the future of early childhood education.