The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children.
We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.


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The following update has been provided by ACA's legal advisors - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA).

Please read it carefully to determine whether this update applies to your service.

Personal leave is not accrued in hours but days!
The Full Federal Court yesterday confirmed that all employees (including part-time employees) are entitled to 10 “working days” of personal/carer's leave per year under the Fair Work Act, regardless of how many hours the employees work per day or how many days are worked per week. 

The decision will have wide-ranging implications for employers, the overwhelming majority of whom do not presently accrue personal/carer's leave in this manner. 

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The most effective approach to promoting positive mental health is one which involves the whole learning community working together in an inclusive environment: leaders, educators, children, young people, their families and the local community.

A whole learning community approach is about all the members working together to create change.

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You may have seen some recent media activity around a early learning centre in Melbourne which has been identified by health and safety inspectors as being wrapped in combustible cladding.

Cladding is used in building construction to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings. However certain types of cladding have proven to be flammable and therefore a major safety risk for communities.

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We're proud to join forces with Little Rockers Radio and Red Nose Day, to support the 2019 Little Rockers Red Nose Disco.

With nine children still dying suddenly and unexpectedly every day in Australia, this is an extremely important issue which requires ongoing research and community education.

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