Helping Australian children grow and develop

Save the Children has been running early learning programs in Australia since the 1950's, to support the development and growth of all children.

The first five years of a child's life is crucial to their development. During this time children have significant brain growth and develop emotional, social and language skills. Children who participate in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs are more likely to complete school on time, have higher household incomes, become productive adults and educate their own children.

Our Early Childhood Care and Development programs

We run ECCD programs in urban, rural and remote areas around Australia, giving children under six the chance to learn and play.We help children from diverse backgrounds, including migrants and refugee, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Save the Children works closely with families and caregivers, and community services such as health workers to provide safe environments for children to develop and learn. We also support them to create networks within their communities.

Education through play

For more than 30 years, Save the Children has been running Playschemes – regular playgroups for children and their parents or caregivers in community settings.With 100 sites across Australia, our trained Early Childhood and Family Support Workers help children begin their education journey and provide parents with advice, skills and links to community support services.

Educating For Child Rights

In South Australia The Champions of Children’s Rights program, launched in 2016, replaces the Global Peace Schools program.

Early learning for migrant children

Migrants and refugee families often feel isolated when they first arrive in Australia. Through our It Takes a Village program, we offer playgroups for children to help them transition to school and support mothers in Perth, Hobart and Melbourne.

Early learning for isolated communities

We run kindergarten and day care centres in isolated communities to help prepare children for school. Our centres are in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

Good Beginnings Programs

In 2015, Save the Children Australia merged with Good Beginnings Australia. Learn more about Good Beginnings' practical parenting programs.