• Looking back on 2016

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 14, 2016

    An eventful year is coming to an end. Thank you for your blogs, your comments and your support. Here’s an overview of our discussion topics and the most popular blogs written this year.

  • Early learning key to improve education results in PISA and TIMSS tests

    Samantha Page     |      December 12, 2016

    The latest results of international tests like TIMSS and PISA showed either no change in math and science scores for Australian students while other countries improved, or even displayed a decreased performance of Australian students. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), explains why improved access to quality early learning is essential to turn this around.

  • GAP – Year in Review 2016

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 11, 2016

    The end of the year is a time to reflect and gives us an opportunity to share with you how the GAP process has delivered to its members and to society as a whole.

  • Early intervention works

    John Cherry     |      November 25, 2016

    We know from research worldwide that the first five years of a child have a very long term impact. John Cherry from Goodstart Early Learning explains why governments at all levels need to work harder at removing the barriers to participation in early learning.

  • Three pillars of building a culture of innovation

    Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin     |      November 23, 2016

    At the recent GAP Summit Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, Founder and CEO of BlueChilli, explained how a bold national vision could inspire the young astronauts and entrepreneurs of the future.

  • What is education for?

    Karen Szydlik     |      November 14, 2016

    Can we in Australia do more for our youngest? Karen Szydlik introduces an educational project that considers young children as citizens with rights in the present and schools as places for democratic life.

  • Little Scientists: Igniting curious minds

    Heike Schneider     |      November 9, 2016

    Information overload, virtual reality and other rapid global changes influence our children’s learning and development. Heike Schneider from Little Scientists explains why inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the Early Childhood Education Sector is so important.

  • An integrated approach to early childhood education

    Sandie Wong     |      November 4, 2016

    Early childhood expert Dr Sandie Wong explains why we need a more cohesive and consistent system to support children and families in the early years. 

  • High quality early education: two years are better than one

    Dr Stacey Fox     |      November 2, 2016

    A world class education system is the key to the future, but so far Australia’s children do not start school on an equal footing. Dr Stacey Fox from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University says it’s time for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world and provide universal access to high quality preschool.

  • Early Childhood Education – report released

    editor     |      November 1, 2016

    A recently released report from the GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education calls for systemic changes, a stronger evidence base, pilot trials of holistic schemes, alternative procurement strategies, improved governance, better connection between services and the pursuit of stronger parental engagement.

  • Reimagining universities in contemporary society

    Brian Schmidt     |      October 28, 2016

    Digital and business disruption challenges the tertiary sector as much as the rest of the economy. At the recent GAP Summit Professor Brian Schmidt explained why both universities and government education policy must innovate and embrace change.

  • First steps count

    Rosemary Sinclair AO     |      October 26, 2016

    A community centre providing integrated early childhood services in a one-stop-shop with a number of family and community projects seems like a no-brainer. Rosemary Sinclair AO wonders why there is still no government commitment to contribute to this venture.