Australia’s peak body for large early learning providers has appointed two passionate advocates for quality early learning to be the Co-Chairs of the national organisation.

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), represents not-for-profit and private providers across the nation. ELACCA members provide more than 2000 preschools, kindergartens, family day care and long day services across Australia.

The new Co-Chairs, G8 Education CEO, Gary Carroll and Big Fat Smile CEO, Jenni Hutchins said they would continue to highlight the importance of quality early childhood education and care and to actively lobby for improved investment in Australia’s youngest learners.

“We are proud to be appointed Co-Chairs and look forward to continuing the great work of our predecessors: Bernie Nott, Tom Hardwick and Michael Tizard.

“The evidence for the value of high quality early learning is strong and getting stronger – young children thrive when they can access multiple days of high quality early learning in the years before school.

“Very young children undergo an extraordinary period of brain development before beginning school and many nation’s around the world have already moved to ensure that their children get every opportunity to build the foundational skills they need for the future.

“Age appropriate, play based learning is a game changer for young children, their families and the nation.

“We’re very excited to be working with the ELACCA team and sector stakeholders to further promote the importance of early learning and care for children as an integral part of Australia’s education system.

“ELACCA’s members provide high quality early learning and we are proud to be working with a committed group of sector CEO’s who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work and importantly share a passion to make Australia’s early education sector as effective, accessible and affordable as possible.

“The early education sector is a dynamic and growing sector and we look forward to representing the views of our members to government, to the media and the community.”

Pictured: Gary Carroll, CEO and Managing Director of G8 Education and new Early Learning and Care Council of Australia Co-Chair.