February 2012  
Life Under the NQF
Mini-poll results
National Quality Framework Happy New Year and welcome to life under the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Australian Government says the NQF will give the children in this country the best possible start in life and we are interested in hearing how life is for you in light of the new requirements.

As you know, the NQF sets a new National Quality Standard for providers of long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and preschools.

The National Quality Standard has introduced significant changes including:
  • increased carer to child ratios
  • new qualification requirements
  • a new quality rating system and
  • the establishment of ACECQA, the national body set up to implement the NQF.
Last year we ran a Mini Poll to see how you felt about the new staffing requirements imposed by the NQF and whether your service will be ready.

» Click here for the results…
Parent Rating System
Rating System will soon be launching an online rating system for parents allowing them to rate their child care service.

The system will enable parents to rate their service provider on a variety of criteria such as:
  • learning and development programs
  • facilities and environment
  • food preparation and nutrition
  • staff
  • health and safety
  • affordability
  • communication with parents
  • warmth and empathy towards children
The purpose of the rating system is to offer parents a valuable and reliable source of information about the experiences other families have had with child care services.

For child care service providers it offers an unprecedented opportunity to build your reputation as a great place for child care.

User reviews are becoming increasingly common online and more and more businesses provide opportunities for user reviews on their website.

Anyone who has used a website such as Yelp, Amazon, Trip Advisor or eBay to research and/or buy something will understand how helpful user reviews can be and this is what the ratings system offers parents.

For child care service providers it provides unprecedented exposure to a wide audience of parents currently looking for child care. Positive comments will drive new parents to your service and ensure you keep vacancies to a minimum.

Remember is here to support the Australian child care industry and the fabulous professionals who work within it and this is not an exercise in naming and shaming.

To ensure services are protected from unqualified negative comments we have put in place a number of safe guards as follows:

» Read the full article…
National Excellence Rating
Have your say…
Excellence Rating Under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is responsible for assessing applications from child care services for the 'Excellent' rating.

ACECQA has decided that the over arching requirement for an excellent rating assessment is that 'A service demonstrates excellent practice and sector leadership'.

Click here to read an ACECQA paper on the 'Excellent' rating.

ACECQA is now seeking feedback from child care services and industry groups about its draft criteria for assessing services as 'Excellent' and has requested comments on what constitutes 'excellent practice and sector leadership' and how that could be assessed.

Click here to participate in the online consultation to comment on each of the criterion for the excellent rating, as well as make general comments about the overall rating.

You can also post your comments to:

ACECQA Excellent Rating Consultation
PO Box A292
Sydney NSW 1235

or email them to:

ACECQA will be accepting comments until 2 March 2012.
Rebecca Ackroyd
Nirimba Community Children's Centre
Quakers Hill NSW
Rebecca Ackroyd Child care professionals share a commitment to improving society by creating dynamic and nurturing care environments for Australia's youngest learners.

This month we are proud to introduce you to Rebecca Ackroyd from Nirimba Community Children's Centre in Quakers Hill NSW.

» Read about Rebecca…
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Activity Areas for Family Day Care Educators
Activity Areas For family day carers looking after children in their own home, the start of the year is a great time to look at reorganising and refreshing current practices.

If you are looking for some new ideas for the New Year on how to entertain and educate the children you care for check out the tips below:

Planning Activity Areas
Have a critical look at your activity areas and have a think about how you could update what you offer. Activity areas for children should include:
  1. a place for messy play, like art or water activities.
  2. a place for loud, active play, like jumping, rolling, and dancing.
  3. a space for working or playing quietly.
  4. a place to pretend.
  5. a place to relax or be alone.
  6. a place to eat.
  7. a place to rest or sleep.
» Read the full article…
Valentines Craft Ideas
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Valentines Craft Ideas Valentine's Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about how lucky we are to have friends and family who love us. Help the kids share the love with these cute craft ideas.

Paper Flowers - pretty tissue flowers which are good for fine motor skill development.

Heart masks - a great activity and costume idea for older kids.

Heart crowns - another costume idea which will be popular with the younger kids.

Sun catcher heart - these will look lovely stuck to windows of your room.

Wreath - suitable as a class activity and a great way to decorate your walls.

Fingerprint hearts - a simple activity which could be turned into a keepsake for parents.

Handprint hearts - another super quick activity which even the youngest kids should be able to do.

Red rose - another variation on the flower theme.

Folded heart mouse - a cute little mouse created from a folded paper heart.

Hoppy Valentine's Day - create a roo and joey from a toilet roll, one for the older kids.
These craft ideas were originally sourced on, and
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National Quality Framework FAQSNQF fact sheet

Guide to the NQF

Guide to the National Quality Standard

Guide to Developing a Quality Improvement Plan

Guide to National Law & National Regulations
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Roxanne Elliott

Hello everyone and welcome to 2012 and our new life under the NQF!

I trust you had a happy and peaceful break, and that you have returned to work with the same level of curiosity as I have to see how this year plays out.

This month we report back on an NQF Preparedness Mini Poll many of you completed in the last edition of our newsletter in 2011. This will be an ongoing topic for us this year and I urge you to go to CareforKids Social at any time to share your experiences under the NQF. We hope this forum will develop in to a useful and supportive hub for service providers.

We have some cute Valentine's Day craft ideas to get your creative juices going, and a tips and tricks article for FDC providers as well as an article on our new ratings system which will be launched shortly.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions or if you know a child care professional who we should be profiling.

Have a great month.

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