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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As Australia’s early learning sector continues to grow, its benefit to young children as well as to future prospects of the Australian economy are increasingly being recognised, both by the government and the general community.

Despite this political and cultural shift, the early learning sector is facing a recruitment challenge - we know there is a serious shortage of qualified, competent candidates, with early learning service providers struggling to fill the important roles of early childhood educators and Teachers.

Our members continue to report that finding suitable applicants for ongoing employment is becoming extremely difficult.

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While it may not feel like it now, your superannuation ("super") is important because it’s an investment in your future and can help you enjoy a comfortable life once you stop working.

Many people think of their super as an investment they don’t need to worry about until later, but it pays to understand how it all works. The earlier you get on top of your super, the more effectively you could grow your savings.

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The COVID-19 climate has had a significant impact on the early learning sector, with changes to the funding model and the resulting changes to family access, along with revisions to workplace health and safety measures affecting the operations of each individual service Australia-wide.

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As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 climate, it's important to ensure that the children continue to feel safe and happy with the routines.

For example, some early learning services may have some staff or families wearing face masks as part of the important efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Whilst this is an important way to protect everyone's health, young children may find the appearance of people in face masks confronting.