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ACA Qld membership renewal is fast approaching and we would like to ensure your details are up to date.

Amendments to the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 last year, allow principals to consider children born in July for early entry to Prep.

Further information has been received from the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) regarding the recent changes to kindergarten eligibility ages.

 

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) and Transition Forum in North Queensland will be held in Townsville on 19 March 2015.

The Forum is a free professional development event providing a great opportunity for networking between the early childhood education and care, school, health and community sectors.

The Department of Education, Training and Employment Deputy Director-General for Early Childhood Education and Care, Ms Gabrielle Sinclair will open the event followed by an address from Ms Sharon Schimming, Regional Director for North Queensland.

Associate Professor Dr Sharon Goldfeld from the Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health has been engaged as the guest presenter. There will also be a series of presentations from community groups, government agencies, schools and early childhood service providers on programs they have implemented supporting improvements in early childhood development outcomes and successful transitions to school.

More information, visit their website.

Registration for the 2015 Department of Education and Training (DETE) Indigenous early childhood educational leadership mentoring program is now open.

The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has welcomed today's announcement by the Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP regarding the redirection of funding to childcare from his now defunct signature Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme.

Ms Gwynn Bridge, President of ACA, said that childcare affordability continues to be the number one reason families withdraw from childcare and the workforce.

"Families are increasingly sensitive to the smallest of price changes and they are forced to choose between providing a quality start to life for their children and work," said Ms Bridge.

The most recent What Parents Want Survey conducted by ACA in July 2014 revealed that more than 1 in 3 parents would reduce their level of work with a moderate increase in fees of just 10 per cent.

"Fees have been increasing because of regulations and higher standards and the government subsidies for families are not keeping up and simply pushing families out of the workforce," said Ms Bridge.

Ms Bridge said families and childcare providers across Australia would be pleased with this announcement, but as with all government decisions, the devil is in the detail.

"It is important that the government now works with the sector to understand that making childcare more affordable is not a simple fix. Too many times in recent history, government of all persuasions have had good intentions for our sector but have ultimately delivered policies with unintended consequences for families.

"What governments haven't been able to get right is ensuring affordability for families. This government now has the opportunity to relieve pressure on the household budget as families choose to return to the workforce," concluded Ms Bridge.

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Media enquiries:

Gwynn Bridge, ACA President - 0418 764 779

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