Applications for Excellent rating are now open.
More information and forms are available at ACECQA
Early Years Quality Fund March 2013 - for further information see Strategic Initiatives
Audio of Greens Childcare Spokeswoman Sara Hanson-Young Press Conference - 19.3.13
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - kindergarten reporting update (KIM)
DEECD is currently developing a new online web-based system for kindergarten funding applications, data collection, and reporting. The Kindergarten Information Management (KIM) system will replace the current mix of paper-based and online processes and is expected to commence operation in 2013.
The user-friendly system is designed to reduce the administrative and reporting requirements for services. Using information collected through previous reporting cycles, the system will pre-populate funding allocations for each service, and only requires services to update information as circumstances change (e.g. as new children are enrolled at your service).
DEECD is in the process of developing a suite of training materials to support services with using the new system and will continue to update their web page with new information and training materials as it becomes available.
If you would like to learn more about the new Kindergarten Information Management system see: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/kinderim.aspx
Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services 5th Edition now out
Belonging Magazine (from the Australian Childcare Alliance)
Early Years Workforce Strategy 2012-2016
On September 10 the Chair of the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood, the Hon. Peter Collier MLC, announced the release of the Early Years Workforce Strategy.The Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Strategy for Australia.
Annual Wage Review 2012-13
The Fair Work Commission’s Minimum Wage Panel will issue its decision in the Annual Wage Review 2012–13 in early June. The outcome will be posted on this website immediately it is known. in addition, the final instalment in the transition to the modern award will come into effect from 1 July 2013.
Adjusted wage tables will be made available to CCCAV members by email and in Industrial
ACECQA and the National Quality Framework
As of 1 January 2012, the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Law Regulations 2011 govern long day care in Australia. The Victorian Children's Services Act (1996) and Regulations (2009) no longer apply to long day care centres.
A new national entity, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) will work with State and Territory Governments and the early childhood sector to implement the new National Quality Framework. In Victoria, the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (DEECD) will continue to be responsible for ensuring that centres comply with the legislation and will produce information to assist centres.