The state play in early childhood policy: A note from Australia

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Abstract

This brief country note on Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy commences with an outline of the types of services that comprise the sector. A brief overview of the history of Australian early childhood education and care follows, including the challenges faced by the sector in the years leading up to the introduction of the Reform Agenda for Early Childhood. The changes instigated by the 2007 Early Childhood Reform Agenda and their significance are then explained and current policy and funding arrangements summarised. The paper concludes with a précis of the opportunities and challenges facing the early years' sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalNew Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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