Education and Care Services
NEW – Ministers agree to changes to the National Quality Framework
Posted 13 February 2017
The Australian, state and territory education ministers have agreed to changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF). These changes are outlined in a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (Decision RIS).
Decisions were made following consultation with the sector as part of the broader review of the NQF. The Australian Government and state and territory governments thank the education and care sector, families and community for their feedback and commitment to improving and strengthening the NQF.
Changes to the legislation will commence from 1 October 2017 in all states and territories except Western Australia. A revised NQS will be introduced on 1 February 2018 in all states and territories (including Western Australia). Changes will be rolled out later in Western Australia (by 1 October 2018) to allow for the legislation to be passed through the Western Australian parliament.
Some of the key changes proposed for the NQF include:
· A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove conceptual overlap between elements and standards, clarify language and reduce the number of standards and elements from 18 standards to 15 and 58 to 40 elements
· Improve oversight and support within Family Day Care to achieve better compliance and quality across the whole sector.
· Removing supervisor certificate requirements so service providers have more autonomy in deciding who can be the responsible person in each service to reduce red tape.
· Introduction of a national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and care to school age children. (Noting that this does not affect Tasmania – or some other states - as we already operate under this ratio).
All governments and ACECQA are committed to supporting the sector to understand and prepare for these changes. More information and guidance will be released over coming months.
· National Quality Framework Information Sheet – summary of the changes to the NQF
NEW - The Child Protection Service is Changing to the Child Safety Service
(Posted 11 October 2016)
From 30 September 2016, the Child Protection Service will be called the Child Safety Service.
This change is occurring as part of the Strong Families – Safe Kids project to reform the child protection system in Tasmania.
This is an important change, providing a signpost for further reform, as we work to deliver a child safety and wellbeing system that ensures the wellbeing of children and the resilience for families.
The re-naming of the Child Protection Service to the Child Safety Service reinforces the role of DHHS in responding to concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children; and emphasises that we must collaborate with others to build positive futures for children.
Link to Tasmanian Register on ACECQA Website
The new national assessment and rating system under the National Framework raises the bar on quality and continuous improvement in children's education and care services. Quality ratings of children's education and care services are now published on the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website as part of new national registers under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.
The link to the Tasmanian register is provided here for your information: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/national-registers/tas
It is important to look at a service's rating for each quality area, rather than just the overall rating.
The seven quality areas under the NQS are:
Educational program and practice
Children's health and safety
Relationships with children
Partnerships with families and communities
Leadership and service management
If you have any questions, please contact the Education and Care Unit on (03) 6165 5425
Legislation and Regulations
Education and Care Services National Law (Tasmania) 2011
Education and Care Services National Regulations
Qualifications Data Collection Report
The Report on the Tasmanian Centre-based 2013 Qualifications Data Collection has been released by the Education and Care Unit (ECU) and is now available to the sector.
The report outlines the perspective of centre-based services regarding the implementation of new qualifications requirements commencing on 1 january 2014.
Based on data provided by 103 centre-based education and care services in July 2013, the report provides a snapshot of:
The numbers of centre-based care educators in July 2013 reported to be holding a qualification, working toward a qualification or intending to work toward a qualification;
Centre-based services' perception of their readiness to meet the new qualifications requirements in January 2014; and
Challenges faced by services in working toward meeting the requirements.
In response to the data and information provided, Authorised Officers have been in communication with individual services to answer questions and provide assistance and advice regarding the requirements.
The information contained in the report provides a source of baseline data, which will provide a picture of sector progress towards meeting the qualification requirements of the National Quality Framework and identifying trends as data is collected annually.