Northside formally congratulates Shane Rattenbury MLA on his new ministerial responsibilities, and particularly welcomes his appointment as the new Education Minister in the ACT Government.

As a provider of early childhood education in Canberra, Northside is committed to working with the ACT Government to provide better learning and wellbeing outcomes for young children. Northside welcomes Mr Rattenbury’s statement on his focus on continuing to improve the ACT’s education system, as well as engage with the community on early childhood education and care. We look forward to the Government recognizing the particularly critical importance of the 0-5 years in children’s development.

A number of challenges face the early childhood education sector in the ACT, such as staffing shortages, lack of professional wages and recognition and the continued implementation of the National Quality Framework.  It was great to hear the Minister acknowledge the importance of access to early childhood education to help address inequality.

We look forward to working with Mr Rattenbury on addressing these issues.