What is the Issue?
Without adequate investment in the early years, communities are poorly impacted in the long run, with greater ongoing costs to mend mental health, education, employment and crime. The evidence is clear that investment in early childhood leads to savings across the lifespan. We need to invest early to grow our understanding of what works for young children and their families before it’s too late.
Why is this important for Communities?
- Early childhood has a direct impact on adulthood. Investing in research driven early intervention strategies and initiatives to support parents, carers and children is critical to building a sound future for communities, saving taxpayers in the long run.
- Parents and carers actively engaged in children’s education and learning is crucial in helping children develop core skills necessary to thrive in life – skills such as understanding their thoughts and feelings, and ability to problem solve and make good decisions.
- As children require support to thrive, so do their parents and carers. Raising children is challenging – staying positive and confident in their parenting role comes from being part of a supportive, connected community.
- Good policy relies on good data. Without a deep understanding of the major issues faced by Australia’s children, it is not possible to develop appropriate policies to help ensure every young Australian can get the best start in life.
Playgroup Australia Proposes
Playgroup Australia supports the calls by ARACY for more and better data about children, including about playgroup, and a national survey of parenting practices and beliefs.