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ACA Qld Committee Member Doug Burns with a featured article in the Bundaberg newspaper News Mail. Doug discusses the importance...
The Gold Coast Bulletin have released an article outlining the concern for our childcare sector as we face the closure...
The COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and advice is being updated daily. The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) does...
Monday 30 March, 2020 Healthy Qld doctors and nurses must stay on the health frontline;...

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ACA Qld Committee Member Doug Burns with a featured article in the Bundaberg newspaper News Mail. Doug discusses the importance for early learning (childcare) centres to remain open to ensure a valuable service is provided for parents employed in essential job sectors such as healthcare and emergency services and the urge for government to waive gap fees.
To read the full article please click here.

Monday 30 March, 2020
  
Healthy Qld doctors and nurses must stay on the health frontline; not forced home

 
Safe childcare services must remain open

#stayenrolled #waivethegapfee 
 

Media interviews with the leadership of the Australian Childcare Alliance available now

 
Hundreds of Queensland doctors and nurses could soon be forced from the frontline battle against COVID-19 to stay home and look after their otherwise healthy children, if the Government doesn’t act quickly to provide an urgent lifeline to the hard-hit childcare (early learning) sector.
 
In one childcare (early learning) centre alone, 80% are children whose parents (more than 40) are employed in the two neighboring hospitals, Gold Coast Private and Gold Coast University.
 
Australia’s peak body for childcare (early learning) services, the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is again calling on the Federal Government to provide an immediate first-step solution which is cost neutral but would allow parents to retain their places and stop the centre from collapse.
 
The ACA Qld President, Ms Majella Fitzsimmons, said the Prime Minister’s expected wage subsidy announcement would be very welcome to help valued educators but that, alone, won’t help the 400,000 Queensland families (over 30% of whom are essential services) who rely on perfectly safe childcare centres to stay open. There has been a dramatic withdrawal (40-60%) of children from Queensland centres, over the past week, by worried parents.
 
“There remains a simple and urgent cost-neutral step the Federal Government must take now to ensure Queensland’s childcare (early learning) services will be able to recover from this economic crisis and the children can return.”
 
As an urgent and initial first step, the Federal Government must allow providers to waive the gap fees (on average $100-$200 p/w) that parents must pay and continue to fund their places with the Child Care Subsidy, from March 01.
 
ACA Qld’s 850 centres are the lynchpin of the Queensland economy.
‘If they close this week, too many healthcare and emergency workers will be forced out of the health frontline, which is simply unacceptable,” said Ms Fitzsimmons. “We need the Federal Government to throw us that very simple, first-step lifeline and we need it now.” ENDS

Educators from one Queensland centre have put together their own video campaign, calling for support.
Link here.
 #If you want us later; then we need you now

The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews today.

President:             Majella Fitzsimmons   0410 526 136
Vice President:    Jae Fraser                  0408 873 492  (Jae has the centre referred to above)
CEO:                     Brent Stokes               0408 339 220 

Click here to download a PDF copy of this Media Release.  

About  
Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is the peak body for early learning services. It represents over 850 early learning (childcare) services, employing 13,500 educators, who educate and care for around 180,000 children of over 245,000 parents in Queensland.  

The Gold Coast Bulletin have released an article outlining the concern for our childcare sector as we face the closure of centres due to COVID-19.

To read the full article Virus crippling childcare sector with centres facing closure please click here or visit the Gold Coast Bulletin web page.

Sunday 29 March, 2020
  
Keep the doors open, children cared for and educators paid in the best interests of the economy.  
 
Childcare services on the brink of collapse 

 ACA Qld calls on the Government to provide an urgent lifeline to children, parents and educators that poses no additional costs to the taxpayer

#stayenrolled #waivethegapfee 

 
 
Media interviews with the leadership of the Australian Childcare Alliance available now

Queensland’s peak body for childcare (early learning) services, Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld), is again calling on the Federal Government to provide an immediate first-step solution to keeping the doors open so our young children can be cared for and educators can be paid.

400,000 Queensland families (over 30% of whom are essential services) rely on childcare that is vital in allowing them to participate in the workforce. Since the sudden forced shutdown of many industries this week; there has been a dramatic withdrawal (20-60%) of children from Queensland centres.  

We appreciate the Prime Minister’s acknowledgment of the essential service childcare plays “as a very high-to the top of priority” consideration and that we are an “integral part of our economy". 

We now need urgent support. As an urgent and initial first step, the Federal Government must allow providers to waive the gap fees (on average $100-$200 p/w) that parents must pay (at no additional cost to taxpayers) and continue to fund their places with the Child Care Subsidy, from March 01. 

If this doesn’t happen now, these vitally essential services will be forced to close, with a mass lay off of educators. These early learning (childcare) services are the lynchpin of our economy and may not be able to re-open. ENDS 

Educators from one Queensland centre have put together their own video campaign, calling for support.
Link here. #If you want us later; then we need you now

The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews. 

President:            Majella Fitzsimmons   0410 526 136
Vice President:    Jae Fraser                  0408 873 492  
CEO:                     Brent Stokes               0408 339 220 
 
Click here to download a PDF copy of this Media Release.  

About  
Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA QLD) is the peak body for early learning services. It represents over 850 early learning (childcare) services, employing 13,500 educators, who educate and care for around 180,000 children of over 245,000 parents in Queensland.  

Announcements

 

The COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and advice is being updated daily.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) does not recommend pre‑emptive closures of early childhood education and care services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at this time. Childcare services are considered essential services and are encouraged to continue to operate wherever possible at this time.   

There is currently limited information on the contribution of children to transmission of COVID-19.  The impact of COVID-19 on otherwise healthy children has been minimal to date, but parents of children with existing medical conditions should seek medical advice in relation to accessing early childhood services.

Managing infection control in early childhood education and care is always challenging, but practices that should be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

Unwell staff, children and visitors

  • Sick children, staff and visitors must stay at home and seek medical advice by contacting a doctor or calling 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • Check with family members each morning at drop-off regarding any changes in a child’s health, particularly any signs of fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Use the COVID-19 quiz if you are concerned that anyone is displaying symptoms – it will provide advice on what to consider and what to do
  • Regularly monitor all children and staff throughout the day for any emerging symptoms
  • Children, families and staff must self-isolate for 14 days if they are returning from overseas travel or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  They must not attend the service during this isolation period

Separating cohorts of children

  • Consider staggering meal and play times and avoid transition activities such as queuing
  • Plan for experiences that avoid mixing of groups of children
  • Access the outdoor areas of the service more regularly wherever possible
  • Discontinue all excursions and incursions

Enhancing hygiene for children, staff and parents

  • Continue to refer to the 5th Edition Staying Healthy resource for best practice guidance
  • Promote a regular and rigorous handwashing schedule – including additionally sanitising hands whenever entering and leaving the service
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly
  • Promote strict hygiene when preparing food
  • Encourage practices such as covering coughs and sneezes and not touching your face – ensure tissues are safely disposed of
  • Encourage the influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents – find out where to get vaccinated here
  • Consider opening the windows and adjusting air conditioning to maximise ventilation

Remember, to use the Emergency Closures Portal to notify the Regulatory Authority if your service needs to close due to COVID-19 risk. Please include the reason for the closure in the comments box.

Please contact your local regional office directly if you have any questions or concerns or need advice around managing risk within your service. 

More information

Visit the Covid-19 and service operation page on the department’s website for information, including links to health agencies.

Thursday 26 March, 2020
  
Queensland families in dire need of support 
 
Queensland early learning centres on the brink of collapse  

Government called on to provide an urgent lifeline to children, parents and educators that poses no additional costs to the taxpayer 

 
Media interviews with the leadership of the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland available now 
 
Over 400,000 Queensland’s parents are facing the immediate (and potentially permanent) collapse of early learning (childcare) services, as providers fight to keep their doors open for the sake of the 300,000 Queensland children and the 25,000 educators who care for them. 
 
Early learning services are deemed safe places (by the Chief Medical Officer) for young children and educators, with exceptionally high levels of personal hygiene practices, that were in place already. 
 
Thirty percent of Queensland parents who rely on these services work in healthcare and emergency services. In one centre, there are 80% of parents who need to be on the healthcare frontline. 
 
As a first step, the Federal Government must immediately allow providers to waive the gap fees (on average $100-$200 p/w) that parents must pay (at no additional cost to taxpayers) and continue to fund their places with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). If this doesn’t happen now, these vitally important services will be forced to close, with a mass lay off of educators.  
 
Many of these services, the backbone of the economy, will not be able to return once the crisis passes. 
 
The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews today. 

Click here to download a PDF copy of this Media Release.  

Contact your Federal Member now.
 
About  
ACA Queensland is the peak body for early learning services. It represents over 850 early learning (childcare) services, employing 13,500 educators, who educate and care for around 180,000 children of over 245,000 parents in Queensland. 

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