Established in 2014, the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) works to promote the value of quality early learning and care for young children and their families.

Our 20 members include some of the largest early learning and care providers in the country, from all parts of the sector, including both long day care and community preschool/kindergarten. ELACCA members operate more than 2,300 early learning and care services across Australia, educating and nurturing more than 243,000 children. Together, our members provide almost 30 per cent of the nation’s early learning and care places.

ELACCA aims to:

  • progress the quality of early learning and care and outcomes for all children
  • enhance the development and professionalisation of the early learning workforce
  • improve equity of access to early learning for all children, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances.

Internally, we work to strengthen quality among ELACCA member services and to create an ambitious vision for the early learning sector. Externally, we work with governments, public sector agencies and research organisations to contribute our vast knowledge and experience to the development of good public policy for early learning and care in Australia.

Together, we leverage our scale and reach to create improved outcomes for the youngest Australians.

CEO Elizabeth Death

Since her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2015, Elizabeth Death has overseen the expansion of ELACCA and its consolidation as a trusted source of advice on early learning and care in Australia. Elizabeth has ensured balance across the ELACCA membership group, which includes equal representation from private and not-for-profit early learning and care providers.

Elizabeth has driven the development of innovative benchmarking and research to support ELACCA members. She is also an active participant in policy processes, forums and committees that seek to improve the quality of early learning and care outcomes for children.

Originally an early childhood teacher, Elizabeth’s career has taken her into social policy, service delivery, academia, government and stakeholder management. She has worked in leadership positions in early learning and care providers, educated new generations of early childhood teachers, and managed early learning and care provision at both local government and state/territory level.

She is the co-author of the seminal academic text, Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings, now in its eighth edition.