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Shortside: Educators walk off on International Women's Day 2017

Whether you walk, or whether you stay, tell families why. This Wednesday large numbers of early childhood educators are expected to walk off the job to draw attention to the notoriously low wages in this sector. It’s no coincidence that Wednesday 8 March is also International Women’s Day.  While men in ECE are similarly underpaid, […]

Shortside: Zombie bills, bargaining chips, robbing Peter and other political horror stories

Have you heard about the ‘zombie bill’ being debated in the House of Representatives this week? Why zombie? Because previously defeated (‘dead’) budget cuts to social services have been reintroduced to parliament by attaching them to the long-awaited reforms to family subsidies for early education and care. These ‘Walking Dead’ measures include cutting aged pensions, paid parental […]

Shortside: National Quality Standards to change

Only 40 elements, national OSHC ratio set at 1:15, more FDC oversight and no more supervisor certificates! Australia’s Education Ministers have just released the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) – this is the outcome of the 2014 National Quality Agenda Review. The recommended amendments will be in two stages:  national law and regulation changes will […]

Shortside: Feeling overwhelmed? We round it all up for you.

Feeling overwhelmed? Catch up here! It’s been a busier than usual back-to-school fortnight in politics, policy and practice so rather than bombard you with endless emails we have gathered up the most valuable information and put it together for you here. 1. Jobs for Families package back in parliament 2. URGENT – short notice call […]

Shortside: Open Letter to Senator David Leyonhjelm

Below is a letter we are sending to help Senator David Leyonhjelm to fill the gaps in his understanding of early childhood education with current evidence-based research. The Senator claimed that educators are over-qualified for their job of “wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other”. He suggested on Channel 10’s The Project last night […]

2014 National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day.  Sorry Day is a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Stolen Generations, the Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families, communities and cultures between the 1800s and the 1970s. Community Child Care Co-operative NSW acknowledges the loss of family, cultural identity, land, language and community of Aborigines and Torres […]

Vaccination and Services: what it means.

Services have heard a lot in the media about possible changes to immunisation requirements for children attending early education and care services. The NSW Minister for Health has announced that legislation requiring parents to provide evidence of vaccination or have an approved exemption prior to enrolling in services, will be introduced to Parliament. This is […]

Media release: Childcare fees

Childcare fees may rise slightly but quality will rise a lot say childcare operators New requirements for children’s services in NSW to have 1 staff member for every 4 babies they care for may push fees up minimally, but the quality of care provided will increase substantially says Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW). Under new […]

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