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Access to Early Learning evaluation

  • Access to Early Learning (AEL) is a service model developed by the Department of Education and Training to engage vulnerable children and their families in universal early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs.

    The program is designed to promote vulnerable families’ awareness of and ability to engage with ECEC opportunities, in order to enhance learning and development outcomes for vulnerable children. AEL also aims to build capacity in the service system by supporting ECEC services to offer programs inclusive of vulnerable families, and to support ECEC professionals and educators to respond to vulnerable children and families. 

    The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the efficacy of the AEL model in the delivery of outcomes for children and families.

    The evaluation aims to:

    • assess the impact of the AEL model on outcomes for vulnerable children and families, changes in early childhood education and care practice, and changes to the broader service systems
    • assess the return on investment
    • outline adaptations that could be made to enhance the model.

    The Centre for Community Child Health is working with Deakin Unviersity to undertake the evaluation.


Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.