Posted: October 12, 2005
The notes from this session are now available. [December 7, 2005]
Lessons from Down Under
The decisions that Canadians make today about early learning and child care will have an impact for decades to come. And often the experiences of other countries can serve as an inspiring model - or a cautionary tale.
As part of its work to help provide informed discussion and debate around policy-making decisions, the Canadian Council on Social Development is sponsoring a Briefing Session with Australian social policy analyst Lynne Wannan.
Ms. Wannan has just spent the last four weeks criss-crossing Canada to talk about the lessons Australia has learned since it began changing its funding for child care in 1991. During her Canadian travels, Ms. Wannan also listened to the experiences of a cross-section of parents, front-line workers, policy-makers, and municipal and provincial bureaucrats and politicians.
The combination of her Canadian learnings and her knowledge of the Australian experience creates a unique information package, adding significant knowledge about this important issue.
Ms. Wannan’s briefing session will include information about the following:
- Access to child care for immigrants, Aboriginal populations, children with special needs, and low-income and rural families;
- The status of community-based child care programs and those run by small owner/operators;
- Increased resources needed to monitor and prosecute violations;
- Training and working conditions for those in ELCC.
This presentation will be her last before she returns to Australia. Following the briefing, there will be an opportunity for a short question and answer period.
Please join us on Thursday October 20th at 9:30 am in the Library of the National Press Club, 165 Sparks Street.
RSVP by Wednesday, October 19th at noon, by calling the CCSD at 236-8977 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this briefing will be in English only.
Lynne Wannan is the Convenor (Chair) of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services of Australia. She is a member of the National Children’s Services Reference Group which advises the Australian Minister for Children. She is also a member of the Premier’s Children’s Services Advisory Committee for the State of Victoria and has just been appointed Chair of the Victorian Government’s inaugural Children’s Council.
Lynne is a social policy analyst who has worked in senior management positions in local government, in the private sector and in state government. She has a strong and diverse history in the voluntary sector as an advocate for social policy reform. She has been an adviser to government at both state and national levels and has worked with all players in the children’s services sector, including community based services, private providers, pre-schools, family day care, out-side school hours care services and unions.
Canadian Council on Social Development,
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