Children in the Mackay district (which includes the communities of Moranbah and Dysart) are more likely to be considered ‘vulnerable’ across five developmental domains – physical, social, emotional, language, and communication (source: Australian Early Development Census 2021), when compared with the Queensland and Australian averages. For example, 8.4 per cent of all Queensland children are considered vulnerable in terms of language development, compared with 10.7 per cent of children in the Mackay area.

International research shows children who participate in quality early years education are more likely to go on to do better at school, and are better at self-regulation and social behaviours (source: Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary education project).

⭐Children in country Queensland need equitable access to high-quality early learning to give them the best possible start in life.⭐
The goal of the CLA is to develop strategies that will empower childcare providers in country Queensland to attract, retain, and continuously upskill educators and teachers.

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