School readiness. Are there two words more likely to provoke ‘lively discussion’ in any group of early childhood educators? Then if you bring some parents and school teachers into the group, and add another two words – say, ‘standardised testing’ – that discussion will almost certainly escalate from ‘lively’ to ‘heated’. School readiness as a […]
NQF Review 2019 Hands up who needs a deadline to get things done? Good news! You’ve now got a very real deadline to have input into the NQF Review 2019, and a very simple way to make that happen. The sector survey for NQF Review 2019 closes on 30 June, that’s just over a week […]
If the idea of Valentines Day makes you want to hurl a box of pink chocolates at an overpriced bunch of roses, you’re not alone – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the occasion special with a different kind of love…
No one wants to see themselves as a statistic, but in education as in life, numbers play a significant role in how we operate. We took a walk through ACECQA’s latest Snapshot to see how the sector’s numbers are looking towards the end of the sixth year of the National Quality Framework (NQF). Assessment successes […]
This infographic accompanies our main story on Budget 2018 and its threat to nationally consistent quality for children’s education and care.
The Commonwealth is unplugging the powerhouse that drives the national quality framework. The Minister’s announcement to end the National Quality Agenda partnership with States and Territories has the potential to set early education back decades. This is not the expectation of CELA and the early education sector that we represent. Collectively, we have invested millions of dollars and uncountable productive hours over the past nine years striving […]
What would you do if your service only had one business day to submit your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and just eight business days to prepare for an assessment and rating by the NSW regulatory authority? This happened to Emma Armitage, Centre Coordinator of Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre, a 47-place long-day care service managed by the City of Canada Bay, Sydney, when their written notification was lost in the mail. Emma’s been at the three-year-old service since day one and built her team from the ground up. Here’s their story, as told to CELA writer Margaret Paton.
Burden vs benefit The national authority’s Annual Performance Report shows more than 95% of the sector still backs the National Quality Framework, but the proportion of services which have a heavy sense of regulatory burden has barely changed. While 17% found regulatory requirements ‘very burdensome’ in 2013, in the 2017 survey 15% still selected the […]
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 […]