Children who access play-based learning guided by qualified educators have more highly developed dispositions for learning and experience other benefits including increased cognitive capabilities, improved social and emotional skills, and a head start in developing literacy and numeracy skills.
Pascoe, S. and Brennan, D (2017) Lifting Our Game: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools Through Early Childhood Interventions
Early Learning Committee
This Committee supports parents to have an active role in their child’s early education and school community. As a forum for parent feedback, the ELC advises Council on early learning matters, facilitates events, and provides resources for parent association representatives. Committee members include parent association office bearers and parents/carers of children at playschool, preschool or primary (kindy to year 2) with an interest in the work of the committee. Committee meetings are usually online and are supported by Council's Early Learning Officer.
Meetings: Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm - Jul 29 and Oct 14, 2021
For details of previous meeetings see the Early Learning Committee minute summaries.
Parent Association Network
As a parent or carer of young children, there are many reasons to contribute to a supportive school community. For instance, modelling social and inclusive behaviours to children, helping them build relationships with their peers, getting to know the school community, providing useful feedback, and supporting your child's school. Preschool and primary school parents together make significant contributions to their school community and, while we know how restricted parent time is, it's important to make the most of the time they do have available. Parent representatives help to bring the voices and needs of the school's early learning community together to advocate for parents and families.
Parents are invited to represent their school parent community and are supported by Council's early learning officer and early learning committee, associated resources, training and events. Talk to your school P&C for further information about early learning roles or contact Council directly.
Primary school P&C associations are encouraged to include early learning parent representatives in their committee roles.
Information for Parent Associations
Parents and carers sometimes feel too inexperienced to contribute to the P&C. By formally including an Early Learning Parent Representative (or subcommittee) in the P&C's official roles, parent experiences and voices are acknowledged and early learning recognised as a unique and important stage in education.
Council provides assistance and resources to recruit (and support) EL parent representatives. For example, here's a customisable social media invitation to help find early learning parents.
- FAQ about preschools and playschools in the ACT
- Role of the Preschool Parent Committee
- Council resources for parent associations
- Handing over well
- PPA's becoming a subcommittee of their Primary P&C Association
Information for Parents and Carers
- Transition to School Forum/Webinar recording and Guide to starting school/preschool
- Enrolling in preschool or kindergarten
- All about Playschools
- See the Preschool section of our Help for Parents page.