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Despite an increase in funding for early childhood, the gap between the most advantaged and disadvantaged children continues to widen. A report into early childhood education has found that one in five children in Australia are vulnerable to being left behind in at least one of five key developmental areas prior to commencing schooling. This number rises to two in five developmental areas for Indigenous children.
The GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education reports that a reevaluation of the current system of funding, delivery and organising services is necessary to close this gap. Existing funding needs to be used more effectively to enable services help families, such as focusing on local strengths, providing greater flexibility for services, acquiring evidence through research about what works and implementing it, and applying new approaches one place at a time.