What is the Early Years Catalyst?
The first 2,000 days of a child’s life are arguably their most important. They play a key role in determining outcomes like health and education later in life. However, despite substantial efforts from across the field, many children in Australia are still developmentally vulnerable. These attempts have failed to deliver substantially better outcomes at the scale required, and have not addressed the root causes and systemic forces at play.
The Early Years Catalyst (EYC) is a bold national coalition working to disrupt and transform the early years landscape. Our goal is to redesign the system and redress entrenched mindsets to drive better outcomes for children experiencing disadvantage.
SVA is one of the 12 founding members of the EYC. The Front Project and ARACY co-chair the EYC and SVA is hosting the backbone team for the first phase of the initiative.Early Years Catalyst Website
How is the EYC creating change?
Redesigning the early years system requires coordination and collaboration to identify and build the missing links.
Establishing a shared understanding of the systemic problems we face makes it easier to design the solutions.
Supporting organisations and leaders to identify gaps and take action reinforces our collective efforts to disrupt the system.
Highlights from our work
Early Years Landscape Atlas
This comprehensive resource maps Australia's early years system. It explores key structures impacting early childhood development outcomes.
Path to systems transformation
These two discussion papers by the EYC explore effective field catalyst models and evaluate their impact on systems transformation in the early years.
Systems Mapping Project
The EYC's ground-breaking report identifies the forces influencing early childhood development outcomes in Australia, and possible leverage points for change.
Young Children Thriving
Transforming the early childhood development landscape for children experiencing vulnerability.
Transforming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to quality early learning
Mobilising integrated child and family services to transcend disadvantage