Tag Archives: National Quality Framework

ACECQA helps unlock the door on documentation

The National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, looks at documenting learning, provides some pointers for educators and helps bust some of the surrounding myths. The issue of planning, documenting and evaluating children’s learning and the best ways of recording this cycle has been the subject of much debate and discussion during the more than two decades that […]

Childcare package neither bold or sustainable

The government’s new childcare package, which will not come into full force until July 2017, tinkers around the edges. The package will simplify the benefits system, increase subsidies for those on lower incomes, and extend subsidies to include nannies. Subsidies are now linked to “benchmark” prices in an effort to reduce inflationary pressures, a decision […]

Nanny pilot doesn’t have to be bad news for childcare workers

UNSW Australia A lot of the response to the government’s proposed A$246 million “nanny pilot” has focused on why public funding shouldn’t be used to support unqualified caregivers or educators – particularly when educators in mainstream services such as Long Day Care are underpaid. I agree 100% that educators should meet minimum qualifications – regardless […]

Morrison’s nanny program risks undercutting quality care

Social Services minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the first part of the Abbott government’s “families package” ahead of next month’s federal budget and the signs are not good. With the announcement of a $246 million two year pilot nanny subsidy program for low to middle income families, Morrison is signalling clearly he is willing to […]

Supporting young children’s rights: statement of intent

On 31 March 2015, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, and Early Childhood Australia’s CEO, Sam Page, will jointly launch a statement of intent on supporting young children’s rights. This collaboratively developed document provides all professionals and services working with young children with a framework to be a clear and credible voice advocating in […]

Word by word – February 2015

“The report calls for a simpler system. It calls for a more targeted system, particularly for middle- to lower income families, because that is where the commission has identified the area where we can have the biggest influence on that kitchen table conversation on the economics of child care and the affordability of child care. […]

Food for thought

We are all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and likely remember being told that “carrots help you see in the dark”. But what are the physical implications of the intake of nutritious food and why is their consumption so highly promoted in the National Quality Framework (NQF)? When receiving […]

Not qualified, but committed

It probably seems perverse for someone who teaches early childhood pre-service teachers to be questioning the total reliance on qualifications in early childhood, but that’s what I’m going to do. View image | gettyimages.com It’s not that I think qualifications are not valuable, but should they be the sole measure of the capacity to work […]

Qualifications matter

Without qualifications or engaging in further study, educators miss the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their work through being exposed to multiple and new perspectives about education and care. View image | gettyimages.com Qualifications matter but they are rarely the sole measure used to employ someone. When recruiting new staff, we […]

The Biggest Issue Facing the Sector

I was fortunate enough to attend the 2014 Early Childhood Australia Conference in Melbourne this year, and I was amazed by the quality of the presentations from truly inspirational speakers. But the session that is still rattling around in my brain is not the one I was expecting. It was a working session with a […]

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