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In as little as 5 minutes, the temperature in a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. Leaving children unattended in a...
Thursday 24 September, 2020 'What Queensland parents want. What our children need' Affordable childcare must be front and centre...
Monday 21 September, 2020 'What Queensland parents want. What our children need' ACA Queensland calls on all parities to...
Would you like to have a chat with your ACA Qld GM about any topics or areas of concern? Simply...

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In as little as 5 minutes, the temperature in a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. Leaving children unattended in a vehicle can result in serious injury or death and it only takes one shortcut on safety to have devastating, lifelong consequences.
 
We encourage all families and early learning (childcare) services to create a 'Look Before You Lock' routine to help lower the risk of unintentionally leaving a child in a vehicle. From 1 October 2020, all early childhood education and care services that transport children must have a specific written transport policy and procedure in place following recent changes to the National Regulations.
 
Visit the Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care web page for more information.

Would you like to have a chat with your ACA Qld GM about any topics or areas of concern? Simply log in to the ACA Qld website and visit the Members Area web page to make a booking and ACA Qld's GM, Brent Stokes will call you at the appointed time for a dedicated session focussing on your situation and questions. Each session is 30 minutes to enable this offering to as many of our Members as possible.

If you wish to discuss the ECEC relief package or JobKeeper, we request that you complete the ACA calculator before your scheduled session.

Please follow this link to complete the calculator.


Bookings are currently available for the next two weeks:

Monday 11 to Thursday 14 May

Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 May

Please select the appropriate time slot available for you.

Thursday 24 September, 2020
  
'What Queensland parents want. What our children need'

Affordable childcare must be front and centre of the QLD election
 

A looming shortfall in government funding, for all four year olds in kindergarten, will soon force Queensland parents to either withdraw their children from their high quality early learning (childcare) service or face increased costs of $43 a week.1

Ahead of the Queensland election, all major parties are being called on by the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) to avoid this funding cliff by committing to policies that prioritise the needs of 300,000 Queensland children and the 30,000 early childhood educators/teachers, who educate and care for them.

Queensland’s peak body for the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector seeks to have the next Queensland Government extend universal funding (by five years) for all four year olds in Queensland kindergartens. Currently the Government funding ends in 2021.

The President of ACA Qld, Ms Majella Fitzsimmons said parents were already under undue economic pressure and educators needed certainty of employment.

“At a time of deep and traumatic disruption to their daily lives, Queensland families, and children, in particular, should not be forced to endure more unnecessary disruption and uncertainty,” Ms Fitzsimmons said. “We are in high demand of educators, especially in regional and remote Queensland and yet, we can’t offer any employment long term.”

The universal funding solution is a key plank of the ACA Qld’s its high impact, non-partisan election policy manifesto “What Queensland parents want. What our children need’ that has now been presented to all parties.

If adopted, these cost effective policies will:

• empower parents to choose which quality early learning (childcare) service they want their child to attend;

• prioritise the educational needs of Queensland children;

• reverse the trend of Queensland having the most developmentally vulnerable children in all of Australia;

• offer certainty of employment for early childhood educators/teachers, particularly in regional Queensland;

• avert an unnecessary increase in costs for parents or force them to withdraw their child from their quality early learning service;

• create more financial headroom to allow early learning (childcare)services to employ more educators; and

• place the needs of parents ahead of the profits of property developers.

Ms Fitzsimmons said early learning services had proved the bedrock of the Queensland economy, particularly during the height of this shocking pandemic.

“Our member services have successfully kept children in their education and care, safe and calm, whilst they continued to learn and develop,” Ms Fitzsimmons said.

“With a third of our parents working in healthcare and emergency services, we ensured our early learning (childcare) services remained open, even during the initial shock lockdown.”

However, Ms Fitzsimmons, said families now expect all parties to commit to policies that will allow early learning services to remain viable whilst ensuring no Queensland child falls through the cracks.

Other ACA Qld policies include extending the existing KindyLinQ pilot program to all early learning services, banishing the current unsafe and discriminatory practice of forcing disadvantaged children into state-based school facilities.

Permanently waiving payroll tax for all educational services will allow the employment of more educators and introducing proper planning oversight will help reverse the current oversupply crisis hitting the sector, to the detriment of all families.

“On behalf of all of Queensland families, we are committing cost effective policies for the next government to adopt,” Ms Fitzsimmons said. “These policies look beyond the current COVID-19 crisis, to build a stronger future for our families, the communities in which they live and the economy of the state.” ENDS

‘What Queensland parents want. What our children need’ election policy manifesto can be downloaded here.

ACA QLD has been meeting with MPs from all sides of politics. link here.

The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews embargoed until Monday September 21.

President:             Majella Fitzsimmons   0410 526 136    Townsville-based
Vice President:    Jae Fraser                   0408 873 492    Gold Coast-based
CEO:                     Brent Stokes                0408 339 220    Brisbane-based

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.

Monday 21 September, 2020
  
'What Queensland parents want. What our children need'

ACA Queensland calls on all parities to commit to its election policy manifesto
 

As Queensland emerges from under the crippling health and economic crisis; the peak body for the state’s early learning (childcare) services, has called on both parties to commit to policies that prioritise the needs of 300,000 Queensland children and the early childhood educators who educate and care for them.

 

The Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) has presented all parties with its non-partisan election policy manifesto “What Queensland parents want. What our children need’. If adopted, these cost effective policies will:

• empower parents to choose which quality early learning (childcare) service they want their child to attend;

• prioritise the educational needs of Queensland children;

• reverse the trend of Queensland having the most developmentally vulnerable children in all of Australia1;

• offer certainty of employment for early childhood educators/teachers, particularly in regional Queensland;

• avert an unnecessary increase in costs for parents or force them to withdraw their child from their quality early learning service;

• create more financial headroom to allow early learning (childcare) services to employ more educators; and

• place the needs of parents ahead of the profits of property developers.

 

The President of ACA Qld, Ms Majella Fitzsimmons, said early learning services had proved the bedrock of the Queensland economy, particularly during the height of this shocking pandemic.

“Our member services have successfully kept children in their education and care, safe and calm, whilst they continued to learn and develop,” Ms Fitzsimmons said. “With a third of our parents working in healthcare and emergency services, we ensured our early learning (childcare) services remained open, even during the initial shock lockdown.”

However, Ms Fitzsimmons, said families now expect all parties to commit to policies that will allow early learning services to remain viable whilst ensuring no Queensland child falls through the cracks.

A key plank of the ACA Qld election policy manifesto seeks to have the next Queensland Government extend universal funding (by five years) for all four year olds in Queensland kindergartens. If this happens, Queensland parents can avoid being either forced to withdraw their child from their high-quality service or face increased costs of about $43 a week.

“Neither of these options are acceptable and shouldn’t be to any party,” Ms Fitzsimmons said. “At a time of deep and traumatic disruption to their daily lives, Queensland families, and children, in particular, should not be forced to endure more unnecessary disruption and uncertainty.”

Other ACA Qld policies, recommended to all parties, include extending the existing KindyLinQ pilot program to all early learning services, banishing the current unsafe and discriminatory practice of forcing disadvantaged children into state-based school facilities.

Permanently waiving payroll tax for all educational services will allow the employment of more educators and introducing proper planning oversight will help reverse the current oversupply crisis hitting the sector, to the detriment of all families.

“On behalf of all of Queensland families, we are committing cost effective policies for the next government to adopt,” Ms Fitzsimmons said. “These policies look beyond the current COVID-19 crisis, to build a stronger future for our families, the communities in which they live and the economy of the state.” ENDS

‘What Queensland parents want. What our children need’ election policy manifesto can be downloaded here.

ACA QLD has been meeting with MPs from all sides of politics. link here.

The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews embargoed until Monday September 21.



President:             Majella Fitzsimmons   0410 526 136    Townsville-based
Vice President:    Jae Fraser                   0408 873 492    Gold Coast-based
CEO:                     Brent Stokes                0408 339 220    Brisbane-based

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.  

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.  

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