Early Years Advocacy

Investing In Our Youth is committed to ensuring children and families continue to have access to quality care and programs that provide opportunity for learning and development through play.

With 85% of brain development occurring in the first 5 years of life it is vital that we continue to provide sustainable Early Years Programs that are accessible and inclusive for families and children and provide a broad range of learning experiences.

The early years in a child’s life impacts their cognitive ability, the capacity to form and maintain relationships, and other lifelong skills that can determine life success. Research shows that high-quality early experiences can have a large effect on this critical time of development, when the foundation of literacy, numeracy, social and emotional growth, and physical health is laid. Children who enter kindergarten with a solid foundation of skills in place are more likely to have school success – and life success.

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide measure that looks at how young children are doing in their first year of full-time schooling.

In 2018 results show that around 28% of children in Bunbury were developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains, compared with 19.4% state-wide. These results are an improvement from results in 2015 but so much more can be done.

There is much scope for advocating for investment in the early years. Developmental vulnerabilities can lead to a poor performance at school, low labour force participation and ongoing cycles of disadvantage.

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