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 17 CEO members include some of the largest early learning providers in the country, representing both not-for-profit and for-profit services.

ELACCA members operate 2,011 long day care services, 370 preschool/kindergarten services and 92 OSHC services, covering every state and territory. They offer one-quarter of all the long day care places in Australia.

Together, our members serve 369,776 children and their families, and employ more than 56,708 staff.

CEO Elizabeth Death

Since her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2016, 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 for-profit 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.