New body to oversee national Early Childhood Development Strategy


During 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a wide-ranging package of reforms for early childhood.  A new national body, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), has been established to oversee the national quality agenda and the implementation of various stages of its vision until 2020.  The National Early Childhood Development Strategy includes:

  •  National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and OSHC
  • The Early Years Learning Framework (curriculum from birth to school entry)
  • The National Partnership for Early Childhood Education
  • The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI)


The Federal Government’s agenda, implemented through the Ministerial Council (MCEECDYA) involving state and territory ministers, sets out the most significant reform agenda in early childhood education in this country’s history.

The AEU National Early Childhood Committee meets this week to further develop a policy position in relation to this agenda.  Further information will be posted on the AEU website.

For further information see:

DEEWR Early Childhood Policy Agenda

DECS Early Childhood Services


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