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We're looking at patterns in the under & oversupply of early learning services across Australia The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA), Australian...
ACA Qld is pleased to announce the results of the election for positions on the Management Committee. The election was...
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After much anticipation it's finally here! Happy Early Childhood Educators' Day! However you choose to celebrate this day, we hope that...

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supply and demand in the early learning

We're looking at patterns in the under & oversupply of early learning services across Australia

The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA), Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) and the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) have joined forces for the second year running, to commission a survey for all early learning service providers, to identify patterns in the under and oversupply of early learning services across Australia.

The survey collects information on a range of topics and aspects including the daily/sessional rates charged and the occupancy rates per day and by age group.

As a unified voice, our aim is to use the resulting data to engage with relevant government departments and planning authorities, to work towards addressing the growing issue of oversupply in some areas and undersupply in others.

In particular, oversupply is becoming a growing problem in Australia’s early learning sector.

With few barriers to entry for new or existing providers to set up new centres, the saturation of childcare centres in certain geographic areas has led to many services experiencing lower utilisation or closing down.

If not addressed, oversupply will lead to increased costs for families and may impact on the quality of services in local communities. However with the right policies in place, we can ensure a sustainable early learning sector that continues to provide families with affordable high quality early learning services, thus giving Australia’s youngest generation the best start in life.

To help us address this important issue, we urge early learning service providers to take the time to complete this survey, to ensure that the study into this critical issue can comprehensively cover all geographic areas in Australia. By completing the survey, you have the chance to win 1 of 3 $100 Coles Myer gift vouchers (ACA Qld members only).

Early learning services can complete the survey here.

After much anticipation it's finally here! Happy Early Childhood Educators' Day!

However you choose to celebrate this day, we hope that today is a really special day for you, your team and your families. 

As a small part of your celebrations, you may like to share one or both of the two "thank you" videos which have been posted to the Early Childhood Educators' Day Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on YouTube. 

We would love to hear how you said thank you to your team in your own unique way this Early Childhood Educators' Day! If you would be happy to see your early learning service celebrating Early Childhood Educators' Day in the Spring Early Edition, please send a description (approx 200-300 words) of how you celebrated the day along with some photos to brianna.salmond@childcarealliance.org.au.

Deadline: Friday, 6 September 2019.

We look forward to reading how you celebrated the special day in your early learning service!

ACA Qld is pleased to announce the results of the election for positions on the Management Committee. The election was held by secret ballot at our AGM held Monday 16 September 2019 at The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains.

The positions up for election were President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and six committee member positions.

As all Executive positions were running unopposed, we congratulate Majella Fitzsimmons (President), Jae Fraser (Vice President), Debra North (Secretary) and Doug Burns (Treasurer) and thank them for nominating for another term on our Executive Committee.

We also congratulate and welcome back Committee Members Linda Davies, Kerrie Lada, Pam Maclean, Rosa McDonald, Katy Paton and Louise Thomas to the general committee.

Thank you to all Members who attended our AGM.

Reminder to register for remaining Members' Meetings this week! We are holding meetings in Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Townsville and Toowoomba.

Pre-order your ACA Qld 2020 Diary today via the ACA Qld shop located on our website!

Only $20 for members and $30 for others, the diary features monthly tabs, monthly National Quality Standard checklists and reminders, State and Territory school term dates and public holidays, yearly planners, plenty of writing space for notes, reflections, meetings, family feedback, national events and activities, important contacts and much more!

Reminder that pre-orders must be in and paid by Friday, 13 September 2019 otherwise postage will be charged. Expected delivery is mid-October! We can't wait to see the ACA Qld 2020 Diary arrive! 

Visit the ACA Qld shop here!

ACA Qld valued supporter member, Employer Services - Industrial Relations (IR) and Human Resources (HR) specialists are exclusively hosting an IR training session on understanding your dismissal obligations, FREE of charge for current financial ACA Qld members.

This session, which will be delivered via a PowerPoint presentation including handouts, will traverse both unfair dismissal and general protections dismissal claims. It will include examining what each type of claim entails and the recommended steps prior to enacting terminations to help you avoid facing a successful dismissal claim.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to attend one of these exclusive boutique sessions completely FREE!

Approved Providers and/or their representatives who hold the responsibility of 'hire and fire' in the workplace are encouraged to attend.

For any enquiries please call the ACA Qld office on 07 3808 2366

Session Details

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Start time: 10:00am

Location: Employer Services (ES) Pty Ltd Boardroom, Level 7, 490 Upper Edward Street, Spring Hill QLD 4000

Presenter: Jeaness Muir, ES Consultant

Max. per session: 6 attendees, promoting a comfortable environment for questions/discussion

Cost

ACA Qld Member: FREE *For current ACA Qld financial members

Location & Dates

Attending an ACA Qld Members' Meeting is a great opportunity for you to meet other early years professionals, share ideas, and receive the latest information in the early learning sector.

September Members' Meetings

The meetings will cover the following:

- Child HR ACA Qld / National presentation re social media
- Post-election, where to now?
- Workforce transitional regulations extension
- CCS update
- IR update
- A detailed agenda will be released shortly.

If you are not a member of ACA Qld and would like to know how you can attend, please call us on 07 3808 2366.

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