The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial, which commenced in 2015, has been formally evaluated by Deloitte Access Economics.
The evaluation shows that the trial has been a success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from educators and parents.
Key outcomes from the report are:
- The trial has been successful in meeting its stated objectives of providing language and cultural exposure to preschool children, however full assessment of longer-term learning outcomes would require a more thorough longitudinal study.
- Educators and parents were largely positive about the trial and mostly expressed a desire for the programme to continue into the future.
- There is significant scope for the programme to be increasingly cost-effective with participation and uptake by a greater number of services.
The evaluation looked at:
- Design of the ELLA trial
- Implementation of the ELLA trial
- Delivery of the ELLA trial
- Engagement with the ELLA trial
- Impact and efficiency of the ELLA trial, and
- Future considerations.
Minister Birmingham’s press release is available on the Minister's website.