New funding of $50.1 million for a new Early Learning Strategy should improve outcomes for South Australia’s children and young people.

The investment announced on 22 June in South Australia’s State Budget includes funding for additional developmental milestone checks at key stages between birth and school age.

The existing checks are available soon after birth, at 6 to 9 months, 18 to 24 months and preschool. Two new universal checks at 12 month and 3 years will be added, increasing the total number of universal checks between birth and 5 years to six.

The first few years of a child’s life are vital and accessing help and services early eg, for disability or developmental delay, can significantly improve a child’s outcomes at every stage of life.

Find out more about the Early Learning Strategy 2021