The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority works with all governments to provide guidance, resources and services to support the sector to improve outcomes for children. (ACECQA - pronounced a-see-kwa) is an independent national authority that assists governments in administering the National Quality Framework (NQF) for children's education and care | www.acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services across Australia. The National Quality Framework (NQF) introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care services | www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/about

 

The National Quality Framework (NQF) comprises of the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations, the National Quality Standards and the Approved Learning Frameworks (Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) & My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia) | www.acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-framework 

The Education and Care Services National Law and Education and Care Services National Regulations outline the legal obligations of approved providers, nominated supervisors, and educators and explain the powers and functions of the state and territory regulatory authorities and ACECQA. The Education and Care Services National Law sets a national standard for children’s education and care across Australia.The Education and Care Services National Regulations supports the Education and Care Services National Law by providing detail on a range of operational requirements for an education and care service | www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-law-regulations/national-law | www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-law-regulations/national-regulations

 

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services in Australia.The National Quality Standard (NQS) includes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children. Services are assessed and rated by their regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a rating for each of the 7 quality areas and an overall rating based on these results | www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-quality-standard

Under the National Law and Regulations, services are required to base their educational program on an approved learning framework. There are 2 nationally approved learning frameworks which outline practices that support and promote children’s learning - EYLF & MTOP | www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-law-regulations/approved-learning-frameworks

 

 

 

 

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment works to ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provide| www.dese.gov.au

The Department of Education, Early Childhood Education and Care is the regulatory authority responsible for administering the National Quality Framework (NQF) in Queensland. The Department of Education, Early Childhood Education and Care is responsible for approving, licensing and regulating early childhood education and care services in Queensland | www.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au

The Child Care Provider Handbook (the Handbook) is a guide to the requirements and responsibilities of child care providers and services that are approved under Family Assistance Law | www.education.gov.au/child-care-provider-handbook

Family Day Care Australia is a national peak body which supports the strength and continued growth of the sector in Australia | www.familydaycare.com.au

Family Day Care Queensland supports families, educators and service providers in the Queensland Region | www.fdcqld.org

Playgroup Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1984 as the national representative body for playgroup organisations | www.playgroupaustralia.org.au

Be You provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.Be You builds on the success and learnings from five existing programs aimed at promoting social and emotional health and wellbeing for children and young people in the education space: KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary, MindMatters, Response Ability and headspace | www.beyou.edu.au

SunSmart is a multi-faceted program recognised for providing leadership and innovation in ultraviolet radiation (UV) protection. Programs operate in each state and territory of Australia by respective Cancer Councils, all using common principals but tailored to jurisdictional priorities. The sun protection message has expanded to Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! | www.sunsmart.com.au

The ECA Code of Ethics is a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals |www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/eca-code-ethics

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It has inspired governments to change laws and policies and make investments so that more children live happier, healther, safer and protected in society | www.unicef.org/child-rights-convention/what-is-the-convention

Kidsafe Qld is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injury and injury death in children. Kidsafe Qld provide resources, information and education to parents, carers, early childcare workers, high-school students and others on the hazards children face and what can be done to prevent injuries | www.kidsafeqld.com.au/

Child Wise is a social enterprise that exists to ensure the safety of children and young people in organisations where they spend time. We provide child safety training, consultancy and accreditation services to build the capacity of executives, staff and volunteers to meet state and national child safety standards and principles | www.childwise.org.au

Staying Healthy provides educators and other staff working in education and care services with simple and effective methods for minimising the spread of disease. It contains more ‘how to’ advice on procedures and discussing exclusion periods with parents | www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/staying-healthy-preventing-infectious-diseases-early-childhood-education-and-care-services

Qld Poison Information Centre provides the general public and health professionals of Queensland with prompt, up-to-date and evidence- based clinical information and advice to assist in the management of poisonings and suspected poisonings | www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/queensland-poisons-information-centre

The Australian Government has provided families with a range of support payments to help you with the costs of raising children. Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment can help with the cost of raising children, Rent Assistance and Telephone Allowance can make household costs easier, Child Care Subsidy helps with the cost of approved child care. Additional Child Care Subsidy gives some families extra help with child care fees | www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/payments-families

Child Care Subsidy helps families with the cost of approved child care. Centrelink pays this subsidy directly to child care providers to reduce the fees parents pay out of pocket. The Child Care Subsidy commenced in July 2018 to replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy. 5 per cent (5%) of your weekly Child Care Subsidy entitlement will be withheld unitl the end-of-year reconciliation after the end of each financial year. | www.education.gov.au/child-care-subsidy-0

If you’re eligible for Child Care Subsidy you may be able to get extra help with the cost of approved child care through the Additional Child Care Subsidy. To qualify for this additional payment on top of your Child Care Subsidy you need to be an eligible grandparent getting an income support payment, or and parent or caregiver transitioning from certain income support payments to work or a parent or caregiver experiencing temporary financial hardship. Additional Child Care Subsidy provides extra help with the cost of approved child care for up to 13 weeks. You can get up to 100 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight. To receive this additional payment you must have experienced temporary financial hardship due to an event in the last 6 months and have a substantially reduced ability to pay your child care fees. Families must apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy directly via Centrelink | www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/additional-child-care-subsidy

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Calculator was developed for Australian parents to estimate their possible Child Care Subsidy payment amount from the Australian Government and out-of-pocket child care costs when using Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care or Outside School Hours Care | www.childcaresubsidycalculator.com.au

Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. It guarantees all Australians (and some overseas visitors) access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost. Australians make more than 150 million visits to a GP every year. Medicare — our public health insurance system — helps pay for these visits | www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/medicare

Immunisation History Statements are a listing of all your vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is a national register that records vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia.  If you can’t use Medicare online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.You can also call 1800 653 809 and ask us to send your immunisation history statement to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post | www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register

The Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From Monday 6 April 2020 weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs | www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/childcare/childcare-faq

If you or your child need urgent after hours medical care contact Health Direct After Hours GP Helpline, a government funded free service that allows patients to talk to a nurse. Based on the caller's symptoms the nurse can transfer the caller to an after hours GP. Health Direct does not provide medication or home visits. www.healthdirect.gov.au | 1800 022 222

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