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Complete the survey now! For those of you who haven't yet completed the survey exploring the topic of oversupply of early...
ACA Qld investigated the early learning sector within Queensland, analysing the supply (perceived existing oversupply) of early learning centres and...
The update below was emailed to all approved providers from the Department of Education and Training (DET) in early August.
We have some very exciting news! Our patron, Laurie Lawrence and the Kids Alive - Do the Five Team are...
Oversupply is an increasing issue in Australia’s early learning sector. With few barriers to entry for new or existing providers...

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Complete the survey now!

For those of you who haven't yet completed the survey exploring the topic of oversupply of early learning services in Australia, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!

Complete the survey now for a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 Coles Myer gift vouchers (for Queensland respondents only).

The resulting data will be used to engage with relevant government departments and planning authorities, to work towards addressing the growing issue of oversupply in some areas.

Do not miss the opportunity for your service to be included. If we don’t have your information, we may not be able to discuss your region.
 
All survey responses are confidential to the market research firm (Urban Economics) collecting the data. None of the partner organisations will have access to individual survey responses. It should take around 5-10 minutes of your time.

Please note: When completing the survey, you will need to have your centre occupancy data close at hand. For those owning or managing multiple centres, we would kindly request that you complete the survey individually for each centre. 

If you have any questions about the survey and its process, please do not hesitate to contact Kerrianne from Urban Economics on 07 3839 1400 or kerrianne@urbaneconomics.com.au.

We have some very exciting news! Our patron, Laurie Lawrence and the Kids Alive - Do the Five Team are releasing an online professional development opportunity for Early Childhood Educators.

It will be officially launched at 8am on Saturday, 1 September 2018 on the beach at Currumbin Surf Club Gold Coast. It's FREE, join NOW!

This professional development opportunity is a free initiative and can be linked to the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.

Water safety education is vital for all young children. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 in Australia. Unfortunately, many more children will experience a non-fatal drowning which can lead to life long disabilities.

We must be proactive with positive and engaging water safety education for our children. By providing this during the early years we can develop a love and respect for the water which will last a lifetime.

This professional development opportunity showcases actual lesson plans delivered by the highly skilled educators at our member service, Bright Buttons Currumbin. Over a 4-week period a production crew documented the lesson plans delivered to the children. These lesson plans were designed to showcase activity ideas and teaching strategies utilised by the educators.

New initiatives like this will continue to help raise awareness for drowning prevention in children under 5.

"I would like to thank you in advance for your contribution in educating Australian children. You are lifesavers!" - Laurie LawrenceACA Qld Patron & Kids Alive Do The Five founder

Kids Alive Do The Five App

Download and let the families in your service know about the Kids Alive - Do The Five app!

The app features home pool, beach, and farm safety books, songs, and animated cartoons!

ACA Qld investigated the early learning sector within Queensland, analysing the supply (perceived existing oversupply) of early learning centres and the impacts of this oversupply on reported lower occupancy levels. This analysis explored the risks and opportunities associated within the sector.

Over 200 proposed, approved and under-construction projects have been identified across Queensland, with an ultimate capacity of approximately 24,000 additional places. If all of the proposed places proceed, approximately 70% of the projected demand over a 20-year period could be provided within this development pipeline. 

In a typical market scenario, the price of a service such as early learning would respond to both the level of demand and supply and specifically, price would be expected to decrease with additional supply. Early learning in Australia, however, includes a high level of fixed costs (predominantly wages). As such, prices are relatively inelastic, and typically do not decrease with increased supply and competition; dispelling the theory that increased supply will simply increase affordability for families. In fact, it is a more tenable proposition that a centre which is substantially under-performing due to an oversupply situation would cease operation; removing choice and accessibility for the communities in which they are located and ultimately significant disruption to the educators employed, families and most importantly children enrolled.

Governments should look past the fact that a development fits noise and traffic regulations and see if it fits community need with factual demonstrable population growth modelling on young families who will use these services, and other existing services already in place that will be affected. These are seldom, if ever, considered in an actual DA application.

ACA Qld developed the ‘Early Learning Centre - Insights into Supply & Demand’ using data from CoreLogic / Cordell to show the number of centres currently in the pipeline for Quarter 2 2018 in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

You can use this valuable resource when you engage your local MP and when talking to the media about this very important issue.

ACA will continue to work with all sides and levels of Government to ensure greater intervention in the planning to ensure services are in areas of need.

Oversupply is an increasing issue in Australia’s early learning sector. 

With few barriers to entry for new or existing providers to set up new services, the saturation of early learning services in certain geographic areas has led to many services experiencing lower utilisation or being squeezed out of business. Planning data* predicts that there are currently over 1,000 new services in the pipeline around the nation, which if completed could deliver another 90,000 early learning places in an already flooded market. 

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.
 
In this context, the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA), Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) and the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) have joined forces to commission a survey for all early learning service providers, to identify patterns in the under and oversupply of early learning services across Australia. 
 
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. 
 
The survey collects information on a range of topics and aspects including the rates you charge per day, your occupancy rates per day and by age group.  
 
All survey responses are confidential to the market research firm (Urban Economics) collecting the data. None of the partner organisations will have access to individual survey responses. We encourage all services to take the time to complete this survey so that our study into this critical issue can comprehensively cover all geographic areas in Australia.

It should take around 5-10 minutes of your time.

Please note: When completing the survey, you will need to have your service occupancy data close at hand. For those owning or managing multiple services, we would kindly request that you complete the survey individually for each service. 

You can complete the survey here.

We aim to produce a report summarising the key findings within a month of the survey closing, which we will share with the early learning sector.
  
If you have any questions about the survey and its process, please do not hesitate to contact Kerrianne from Urban Economics on 07 3839 1400 or kerrianne@urbaneconomics.com.au 
 
*According to data sourced from Cordell Connect

The update below was emailed to all approved providers from the Department of Education and Training (DET) in early August.

Cancellation of attendance records in previous financial years can cause a range of issues for both child care providers and individuals, including incurring debts. 

From July 2017, to ensure that only genuine amendments were made to the Child Care Management System, providers were prevented from submitting and cancelling attendance records relating to previous financial years.
 
This restriction remains in effect under the new arrangements, however in recognition of the transition to the Child Care Subsidy System, until 30 September 2018 providers will be able to make amendments to session reports from last financial year. 

After this date, providers will need to apply to the department to make changes, with approval only given in exceptional circumstances.

Please be aware that the department takes the integrity of child care fee assistance seriously and will be closely monitoring all cancellations and resubmissions to ensure these are compliant with Family Assistance Law.  

Providers should familiarise themselves with the circumstances in which resubmissions are permissible (further information to assist with this process will be sent). The department has strengthened regulatory powers to safeguard the integrity of child care fee assistance, and will take action against non-compliance when necessary.
 
After 30 September 2018, the department will not accept claims that a provider did not know or understand their obligations or responsibilities.

Are you familiar with early learning services requirements for educators to achieve ‘actively working towards’ provisions under regulations 126(1) and 127 of the National Regulations?

Actively working towards a qualification

If you are 'actively working towards' an approved certificate III, diploma or early childhood teaching (ECT) qualification you may be counted towards qualification requirements. 

Certificate III and Diploma Educators

You are considered actively working towards an approved certificate III level qualification if you can provide documentary evidence from the course provider to your approved provider that you are: 

  • enrolled in the course and have started study 
  • making satisfactory progress towards completing the course
    N.B. In examining whether an educator is making satisfactory progress towards completing the course, regulatory authorities should look at whether the educator is enrolled in a unit or competency for the course and may consider whether the educator is progressing their studies at a pace that will enable them to complete the course in the timeframe permitted by the educational institution delivering the course.
  • meeting the requirements to maintain enrolment. 

You are considered actively working towards an approved diploma level qualification if you can satisfy all of the above and one of the following: 

  • hold an approved certificate III level qualification OR
  • have completed the approved certificate III units OR
  • have completed 30% of the units in an approved ECT qualification.

Please note that all family day care coordinators in Australia are required to have an approved diploma level education and care qualification and cannot be ‘actively working towards’ this qualification.

Actively working towards provisions apply under regulations 126(1) and 127 of the National Regulations

Taken to be an early childhood teacher

In September 2017, the Education Council agreed to extend regulation 242 of the National Regulations. Under regulation 242, you are ‘taken to be an early childhood teacher’ until 31 December 2019 if you: 

  • are enrolled in an approved early childhood teaching qualification, and  
  • give the approved provider documentary evidence from the course provider that you: 
    • have started the course, and 
    • are making satisfactory progress towards completing the course, and 
    • are meeting the requirements for maintaining the enrolment, and 
    • hold an approved diploma level educator qualification, or have completed at least 50 per cent of the course. 

This transition provision will end on 31 December 2019. From 1 January 2020, an educator will need to have completed their ECT qualification to be considered a qualified ECT. However, educators ‘actively working towards’ an approved ECT qualification may still be counted as a certificate III or diploma level educator, depending on how much of the approved ECT qualification they have completed.

ACECQA website https://www.acecqa.gov.au/qualifications/requirements/actively-working-towards-a-qualification

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