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In response to ACA Qld's letter to Minister Grace, ACA Qld President - Majella Fitzsimmons (electronically), Vice President - Jae...
On 27 November 2019, the proposed legislation to enshrine 6:00 pm to midnight on Christmas Eve as a public holiday...
We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for the ACA Qld 2020 National Conference! The 2020 conference...
I trust you are across the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations, the Honourable Grace Grace's media statement...

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In response to ACA Qld's letter to Minister Grace, ACA Qld President - Majella Fitzsimmons (electronically), Vice President - Jae Fraser and General Manager - Brent Stokes met with Sharon Schimming, Deputy Director-General, Early Childhood and Community Engagement last week to discuss the KindyLinQ pilot program. Our discussion focused on the intention of this policy, the best outcomes for all children, sustainability of the sector and any potential unintended outcomes.

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I trust you are across the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations, the Honourable Grace Grace's media statement regarding the KindyLinQ pilot program.

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On 27 November 2019, the proposed legislation to enshrine 6:00 pm to midnight on Christmas Eve as a public holiday was passed by Queensland Parliament. The approval of the Bill had been anticipated, given the recommendation of the Education, Employment and Small Business Committee that the proposed legislation be passed, despite the fact it was universally opposed by employer groups during the consultation process.

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From 1 January 2020 the requirement in Queensland is that providers of centre-based services have a second early childhood teacher or 'suitably qualified person' in attendance when 60 or more children kindergarten age or under are in attendance.

 

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ACA Qld 2020 national Conference 9

We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for the ACA Qld 2020 National Conference!

The 2020 conference theme is Early Education… An endless adventure. The theme reflects our children’s early learning journey with the endless guidance and support of early year’s educators. We trust the conference will leave you inspired and encourage you to broaden your networks by accessing exciting new learnings and resources demonstrated throughout the conference program.

The 2020 conference program includes:

Early Bird prices start at just $616 for the Member two-day package and $880 for others. Register by 31 March 2020 to take advantage of this special rate before it is sold out!

Did you know that you may be able to ‘salary sacrifice’ your conference registration fee and accommodation expenses? Learn more>>

Accommodation packages are available at The Star Gold Coast and Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach Hotel. Book here>>

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Get in fast to secure your attendance at the #ACAQLD2020 National Conference and to take advantage of early bird prices!

We can't wait to welcome you to the beautiful Gold Coast!

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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.

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