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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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On August 10, 2021, the NSW Department of Education announced that the Child Safe Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services will soon be legislated. This single message generated a wave of confusion and anxiety among early learning services.

In order to provide some clarity on this matter, our friends at Childcare Centre Desktop have kindly provided an update on the status of the roll-out below.

In summary, Childcare Centre Desktop advises that this and confirm it should not be viewed as an additional legislation requirement equating to more policies and more work for services.

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As part of review of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the second stage of the Approved Learning Frameworks (ALFs) Update project has begun.

The research team are seeking feedback from the early learning sector to ensure the ongoing currency and relevance of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

You can watch a video outlining this research project here.

Lonely business owner

The following article is written by Mark Evans, from ACA Partner Child Care Centre Desktop:

Why would anyone in their right mind own and operate a small business? In particular; an early education and care service?

In the beginning the answer is easy. There is the dream of not only being involved in a vocation that you love but also the independence, ‘calling your own shots’, building something bigger than yourself, supporting families and the community - and of course providing care and education to young Australians in the early years.

You get to pave the way and put your own special touches onto what can be argued as one of the most important services available today anywhere in the world.

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and continues to impact our sector. As Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services are classified as an ‘essential service’ they are required to remain open even when other businesses are mandated to close.

Ensuring ECEC services are COVID-safe remains the priority, with risk mitigation measures in place to protect staff, children and families.

Over the last 18 months ECEC providers have had to be resilient and flexible while navigating best practice to ensure everyone’s safety and their own financial continuity through this ever-changing landscape.

As we know the state governments have imposed various restrictions on local communities and regions periodically to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Melbourne has experienced major changes to how ECEC services are delivered and the complicated risk measures that had to be implemented during a series of circuit breaker lockdowns. Now Sydney is experiencing a 2-week lockdown with stay-at-home orders causing a ripple affect across the whole nation.

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