Early Years Strategic Plan launched by DEECD March 2014
The Early Years Strategic Plan – Improving outcomes for all Victorian children 2014-2020 was released on Saturday 22 March by the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development.
The Plan aims to improve outcomes and better support children in the period from pregnancy to eight years of age.
The Plan has three key areas of focus:
- Supporting parents and communities to give children a great start
- Early and sustained support for those who need it most
- All children benefiting from high-quality early learning
Read the Early Years Strategic Plan
Minister Lovell announces $8.4 million to make Victoria a world leader in children’s development March 2014
Meeting with Assistant Minister Ley
On 3 March 2014 ACA President Gwynn Bridge and Vice President Judy Atkinson met with Minister Ley and her advisors in Canberra. It was an extremely productive meeting of around 1.5 hours in which they discussed member issues and also the many concerns the Minister has received from providers, families and other stakeholders. We are confident that the Minister fully understands the complexities facing the sectors and that she is committed to ensuring sustainable high quality outcomes for all children
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs. Read more on the Commission's website
Media Release on red tape - Assistant Minister for Education
Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley announced on 3 December that Federal, State and Territory Governments had all agreed to streamline Labor’s messy National Quality Framework (NQF) legislation following Friday’s Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) meeting. Read more
Application for Equal Remuneration Order
On 15 July 2013 United Voice and the Australian Education Union- Victorian branch filed an Application for Equal Remuneration Order with the Fair Work Commission.The application seeks significant wage increases for the Children's Services Award 2010, the Education Services (Teachers) Award 2010 and the Local Government Industry Award 2010.
Superannuation Changes as at 1 July 2013
It is important that employers are aware of changes in super obligations which rollout from 1 July 2013 and through the first half of 2014.
This Bulletin from Australian Child Care Super summarises the changes and some steps that employers can take to help make complying with the legislation as simple as possible.
If you need more information:
Call the Child Care Super Employer Hotline on 1800 060 215
Visit ACCSF website www.childcaresuper.com.au
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