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Berry Street believes that children should be safe, thriving and hopeful so we’ve recently joined the Thrive by Five campaign to help advocate for reform in Australia’s early learning system.

Thrive by Five, led by CEO Jay Weatherill, former Premier of South Australia, is a community of parents, grandparents, educators, business leaders, unions, health professionals, community organisations and economists, all of whom want to see our children become the best they can be.

Did you know 90% of our brain development occurs by the age of five?

That’s why early learning and care is so important. Access to high quality early learning and care can be the difference between a child starting school ready to learn or starting school developmentally vulnerable.

Here at Berry Street, where we work with children experiencing trauma as a result of abuse, neglect or adverse experiences, this is especially true. A trauma-informed and accessible early learning approach could actually offer the difference between a continued cycle of disadvantage and the chance for a child to achieve their full potential.

Find out more about Thrive by Five and join the campaign