I chose the Early Childhood Australia website (ECA) to research on. I found that the Australians have the same concerns about early childhood issues that the U.S. has.
According to their website, “Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is the national peak early childhood advocacy organization, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood sector. ECA advocates for quality in education and care as well as social justice and equity for children from birth to eight years”.
- The ECA is concerned about the training that early childhood educators receive and has submitted a paper on the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee. In a nutshell, this submission was to ensure that the early childhood training among others was appropriately regulated to ensure quality of education and care provided to children. The quality of training providers was important because they impact the graduates, services and ultimately children.
- The ECA also works on the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). “RAP functions as a platform of values and principles from which ECA as an organization can help advance reconciliation our communities, and provide leadership and support to the early childhood education and care professionals it represents”(ECA,2015). The reconciliation acknowledges the fact that the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original inhabitants of the country and that their cultures should be respected.
This website has links to recent publications, parent resources and an educational hub that shows the webinars, and learning resources for educators.
What surprised me was the Australian commitment to ensuring that the building of relationships between the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples as they viewed this “as central to their national identity and wellbeing” (ECA, 2015). They figured that starting these relationships in the early years would have positive outcomes. The open acknowledgement of racism is interesting.
I found this website interesting and the issues similar to the ones we face in the U.S.