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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Attendance data

Under the new Child Care Subsidy, as of Monday 14 January 2019, approved  providers will be required to report drop off and pick up times for each child for whom Child Care Subsidy is being claimed, when submitting their weekly session reports to the Federal Government. 

This can be done via an electronic solution or entered manually into your third party software.

However you should consider the huge administrative burden associated with manualy data entry, which makes an electronic solution a viable alternative.

New website

As the website is being replaced by a new "Child Care Finder" website, all early learning service providers must update their details on the new website for the following reasons:

1/ in order to comply with the Family Assistance Law, which specifies that service providers must keep fee information, vacancies and operating hours up to date in the Child Care Subsidy System. Financial penalties may apply; and

2/ to ensure that your service gets priority placement in the search result rankings on the Child Care Finder.  

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As Christmas 2018 approaches, ACA is proud to join forces with our friends at Foodbank to support this year's fundraising initiative for families doing it tough this festive season.
Many families with young children across Australia experience food insecurity (a lack of access to a sufficient supply of affordable and nutritious food).
According to the Foodbank Hunger Report 2018, over 4 million Australians have experienced uncertainty around where their next meal is coming from in the last 12 months. This is an in increase of 400,000 people since the 2017 report.  
Australians living in regional and remote areas are 33% more likely to have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months than those living in cities. 
Sadly children represent 22% of all food insecure Australians
This year's "Bringing the heart of Australia together this Christmas" appeal aims to allow those families struggling to put food in their cupboards to enjoy some essential food items this Christmas, enabling them to bring their family together, celebrate and create new memories.

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Early learning nominated supervisors and early childhood educators, 

You are invited to take part in a research study which explores attitudes, knowledge and practices in addressing children’s speech, language and communication needs. 
You are eligible to participate in this survey if you are an early childhood educator, early childhood teacher or otherwise engaged in actively caring for and educating preschool-aged children in Australia.
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Oversupply is an increasing issue in Australia’s early learning sector.  With few barriers to entry for new or existing providers to set up new centres, the saturation of childcare centres in certain geographic areas has led to many services experiencing lower utilisation  or  being squeezed out of business. Planning data* predicts that there are currently over 1,000 new centres in the pipeline around the nation, which if completed could deliver another 90,000 childcare places in an already flooded market. 
If not addressed, oversupply will lead to increased costs for families and may impact on the quality of services in local communities.  However with the right policies in place, we can ensure a sustainable early learning sector that continues to provide families with affordable high quality early learning services, thus giving Australia’s youngest generation the best start in life.