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Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) congratulates the Education Council’s intention to extend several transitional provisions in the Education and Care Service National Regulations primarily relating to staffing and qualifications in the children’s education and care sector before the end of the year.

Extending the following provisions until 2020 provides certainty, supporting the availability of qualified educators to maintain continuity for children's education and care. The relevant Regulations are: 

  • 239A Centre-based services in remote and very remote areas—attendance of early childhood teachers
  • 240 Qualifications for educators—centre-based service, in remote and very remote areas (only)
  • 242 Persons taken to be early childhood teachers – actively working towards an early childhood teacher qualification
  • 300 Educator to child ratios—children aged 15 months to 24 months.

ACA Qld’s strong ongoing consultation with the Minister for Education, the Hon Kate Jones and the Department of Education and Training has provided commonsensical amendments that represent an excellent outcome, continuing high quality while delivering real affordability relief for Queensland families.

Education Council has also extended provisions in the regulations in relation to the rest period, pauses and short absences in Queensland. This is a result of true collaboration between industry and government and we applaud the Minister for listening and understanding the education sector and the families who entrust their children in education and care.

ACA Qld is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation representing over 700 long day care services employing approximately 10,500 educators, who educate and care for around 145,000 children. ACA Qld advocates for the interests of children and families and work on behalf of Approved Providers and operators to ensure that families across Queensland have access to quality, affordable and accessible long day care.

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Media enquiries: Brent Stokes, General Manager

Mobile: 0424 990 776 | Phone: 07 388 2366 | Email: gm.qld@childcarealliance.org.au