When children have what they need to develop well in the early years, it sets them up for good physical and mental health now and throughout their lives.
We’re defining the ‘early years’ as from the perinatal period to before children start formal schooling. Our babies and toddlers are without agency; the quietest Australians. Even before the specific challenges that 2020 has seen so far, too many of our youngest children and their families have not been given the chance to achieve the best possible outcomes. This collaboration is a group effort that aims to ensure that:
Not every family gets the support needed to achieve these goals.
We started on this work at the National Early Years Summit in March 2020 in Melbourne, and now the work continues.
If you haven't already done so, please register to collaborate and continue this important mission.
Please read the Moving Forward From the Early Years Summit 2020 document (also found in the Document Library on this page) to help frame your contribution using the Extended Idea Wall below. Click on Contribute Your Thoughts to see and answer the individual questions.
Please choose to address one or more of the sections from Table 1 in the Moving Forward document to answer one or more of questions 1-4, refer to Table 2 that outlines proposed examples of initiatives to answer questions 5 and 6, then please provide additional input for questions 7 and 8. Thank you.