Feedback on our sector survey regarding the Child Care Subsidy Package, yielded highly detailed insights, which we have provided to the Australian Institute of Family Studies to inform their evaluation. CELA CEO Michele Carnegie says the survey results put a spotlight on the CCS and the growing evidence that the system is failing our most vulnerable […]
This infographic accompanies our main story on Budget 2018 and its threat to nationally consistent quality for children’s education and care.
“If members of the community suspect that a service is operating illegally, we encourage them to call the NSW Regulatory Authority on 1800 619 113.”
It’s an arguably tougher test of eligibility and may particularly affect families where there is shared care for children between, for example, a grandparent and a separated parent.
Temperatures have been rocketing past 40C in many parts of Australia since Christmas, and while we are yet to hear ‘the state is a tinderbox’ media cliche, hot dry days are a reminder to review and update your service’s fire management plan for both internal and external fire threats. CELA writer Cath Fowler compiled this […]
Earlier this month we ran a story from Kylie Dorrian, ECT and lecturer at an RTO, raising concerns that new requirements for overseas student visas could further weaken the supply of qualified educators to Australian services. Kylie pointed out benefits of quality OS candidates, such as their commitment to the profession, their maturity and the fact they have […]
The National Quality Framework set in place a higher expectation of professional teaching in children’s services, enacted largely by raising the qualification levels required for staff. From the earliest days, however, it’s been obvious that demand for qualified staff would outstrip supply. Low salary levels and longer hours than primary school equivalents drive many degree […]
As the fifth year of the National Quality Framework draws to a close, it’s reasonable to expect most of the big differences between states and territories are gone or on their way out soon, right? Getting closer There’s no doubt we are getting closer to national consistency with the most recent tranche of reforms, but […]
Chloe Chant may be Australia’s best known grassroots advocate for early childhood education, and it wasn’t even on purpose. Cast your mind back to January this year. Silly season, as they call it in news rooms, and the perfect time for a minority politician like Senator David Leyonhjelm to get a moment in the spotlight. […]
We know, we know: you’ve read all the reports, printed out the NQS chart, downloaded all the information sheets and memorised the FAQs on ACECQA’s website. You can recite the updated regulations (backwards) and just last week you turned all the new elements into a song for the children, right? Of course you have! But wouldn’t […]