The first round of the Royal Commission's public hearings were held on 25 and 27 January, which saw early childhood education and care experts provide evidence.

Witnesses provided evidence on issues including:

  • the wellbeing of South Australian children and recent results of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
  • the history of ECEC in Australia and South Australia
  • the opportunity to use data to predict outcomes in children, and to target services to parts of South Australia where intervention and innovation in services can help vulnerable parents and families
  • the opportunity to use data in a way that supports systems to learn, respond, evaluate and adjust
  • existing research in Australia and the United Kingdom that shows how high quality ECEC can disrupt disadvantage and have a material impact on individual outcomes
  • research from the New Zealand that has shown how childhood circumstances can impact into adulthood
  • Australian research into barriers to accessing ECEC, including cultural and societal contexts.

Learn more about our witnesses and read their detailed submissions

If you missed the hearings, you can watch the recordings on our website.

Watch the public hearings