Early Years Essay

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WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR THE EARLY YEARS Prepared for: The Interagency Policy Coordination Committee Prepared by: Dr Sue Jenkins, Policy Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet August 2005 1 Table of Contents Abbreviations 1. 2. 3. Introduction and purpose Background Rationale: why the need for focus on the early years? 3.1 Factors affecting child development and wellbeing 3.2 Changing family circumstances 3.3 Worsening outcomes in aspects of health and development 3.4 Services failing to meet needs 3.5 Cost-effectiveness of early childhood interventions 3.6 Who will benefit from investment in the early years? 3.7 What are the risks of not investing in the early years? What are we doing now and what are we doing well? Why do we need a new approach? The Framework 6.1 Principles for investment in the early years 6.2 Vision, goals and strategic objectives 6.3 Strategic priorities and possible strategies 6.4 Principles for service delivery Linkages Development of outcome indicators Governance and accountability Next steps 3 4 4 6 6 7 8 9 9 11 13 14 15 16 16 17 18 21 22 22 25 26 27 29 32 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. References Appendix A Service Mapping: Early Years provision in Tasmania Appendix B Early Years Policy Framework: Summary Table 2 Abbreviations ABS ACCAP ACOSS ACT ADHD AEDI AIHW ARACY CAMHS CHIP CSL DHHS DoE DPAC DPPS EDI FACS GDP GP HAS NGO NIFTeY OECD UNICEF Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Council for Children and Parents Australian Council of Social Services Australian Capital Territory Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Australian Early Development Index Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australian Research Alliance for Children and youth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Child and Youth Health Intergovernmental Partnership Community Support Levy Department of Health and Human Services Department

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