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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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Blog Quality Improvment 1 07.06.2021

The following article is brought to you by ACA Partner Child Care Centre Desktop:

Once upon a time your early learning service's Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) could be put together on a weekend over a glass of red. Not ideal and for the most part - not useful.

Turn the clock forward a few years and it is now an integral component of the assessment and rating process. Self-assessment provides your service with a clear picture of current practice of where you are now and provides opportunities for where you need to go for continuous improvement.

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We are excited to announce our new partnership with Child Care Centre Desktop, which means ACA members receive a discounted rate on their valuable services.

If you haven't yet heard of Child Care Centre Desktop (CCCD), now is the perfect time to consider joining up.

CCCD offers a suite of practical, effective support resources tailored to the early learning sector and your day-to-day operations, to help you and your team of staff work smarter and increase productivity

CCCD's founder and CEO Mark Evans explains "We aim to remove the layers of complexity and offer a simple solution to the various operational challenges each and every early learning service faces." 


When you join your local ACA State Body, you also become a member of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) nationally.

This means that in addition to the practical guidance and support you receive from your ACA State Body, you also reap the benefits of ACA's important national work. 

How does ACA National support ACA members?

We support our state bodies and their members via the following ongoing activities:

  • Policy & representation on behalf of nation-wide early learning sector 
  • Regular engagement with national sector stakeholders
  • Development and support of national research relevant to the early learning sector
  • Ongoing national communications to members and external stakeholders (via ACA website, social media platforms, regular emails to members)
  • Ongoing media engagement 
  • Management and co-ordination of resources for Early Childhood Educators’ Day

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What’s this about?

In December 2019, Education Ministers endorsed the development of a new national workforce strategy as a joint partnership between all governments, the children’s education and care sector, and other key stakeholders.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), on behalf of all governments, is coordinating the development of the new strategy, including stakeholder and public consultation. ACECQA has undertaken extensive consultations with national sector stakeholders and government representatives. These two groups have informed the potential actions and initiatives included in the consultation paper, published at the start of May 2021.

Throughout May 2021, you are invited to provide feedback through the online survey.
ACECQA will analyse all feedback and use it to inform the development of the ten year workforce strategy (2021–30), which is scheduled to be considered by national sector stakeholders, government representatives and EducationMinisters in the second half of this year.