Children First Alliance Policy Priorities launch

Community Services #1 (CS#1) is a proud founding member of the Children First Alliance (CFA). To coincide with World Children’s day on Wednesday 20 November, CS#1 CEO Amanda Tobler proudly launched new Policy Priorities for children in the ACT in her role as Alliance co-chairperson.

The Alliance was established to develop and communicate a shared vision for early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the ACT and to ensure that all children have access to ECEC.

Held at Southern Cross Early Childhood School in Scullin, the day commenced with a Welcome to Country performed by some of the children who attend the service. ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development Yvette Berry MLA also attended the event and spoke about the ACT Government’s commitment to trialling universal access to preschool for three year olds in the ACT and the development of an Early Childhood Strategy.

As part of the new Policy Priorities development, the Alliance surveyed parents from across the ACT whose children attend early childhood services. The majority of parents surveyed reported a number of positive outcomes for their children as a result of attending an early learning service, including positive social skills (83%), greater independence (68%), improved communication skills (64%) and greater confidence (58%).

Below are some images from the day. To read more about the Policy Priorities and survey results, check out the CFA website here:


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