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Help your families to navigate their new benefits under the Family Child Care Subsidy

On 28 May 2017, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham launched the Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator in a media release. The Child Care Subsidy Estimator provides an estimate of what a family’s subsidy might be when the new Child Care Subsidy takes effect from 2 July 2018, and does not address all care […]

Insider briefing: Amanda Archer reports on the first Jobs For Families information session in Canberra

Our Community Services Management Co-ordinator, Amanda Archer, headed to Canberra today for the first of the national series of information sessions the Department of Education is running on the Jobs for Families Child Care Package.  These are her notes written at the airport for us before heading back to Sydney so you can get the inside briefing […]

Amplify national occupancy survey

Counting Places: we launch our national occupancy survey (you have ONE week to respond)

While government policy continues to support unlimited growth in early childhood service developments with the aim of ‘increasing access’, anecdotally we keep hearing of very dark outcomes, particularly for community based and small private providers. Despite almost every other aspect of children’s services being covered by regulation the supply of places is seen by governments as being […]

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The revolution is here: did you notice? Doreen Blyth writes for Amplify

A revolution is happening in every education and care service across the country: a radical professional success story is being played out across Australia! Did you notice? This revolution may be one of the biggest changes in any profession in Australia in the last five years, and I am not talking about the National Quality Framework, just […]

Have we learned our ABCs? The rise, fall, and rise again of big business in early learning services

Below is an abridged version of the Community Child Care Co-operative submission to the draft NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for Education and Child Care.  Shortly after we sent this to the Planning Department our CEO Diane Lawson was interviewed by ABC TV on the subject, and we entered discussions with other concerned parties including the Australian Shadow […]

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 […]

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 […]

Draft regulations for consultation

Draft Children’s Services Regulation Amendment released   On Friday, Community Services released the draft Children’s Services Amendment Regulation 2010 and its accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public consultation. The Amending Regulation, when passed by the NSW Parliament, will commence on the 1st of January next year. The changes the amending Regulation contain include: the […]

Closure of the National Children's Accreditation Council – timing

  The NCAC has announced the timing for the closure of the current Child Care Quality Assurance Systems. From 1st January 2011 Accredited and new services will no longer be required to submit a Self-Study Report to NCAC. From 1 April 2011 Not Accredited services will no longer be required to submit a Self-study report […]

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