The latest news, views & reviews for Australia's child care industry February 12, 2013
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It's Election Year and as you have probably noticed campaigning has already started. This week Sussan Ley the Shadow Minister for Child Care and Early Learning offers her opinion on the problems facing the Australian child care sector. Also, make sure you get the real story behind the government's new Staying Healthy guidelines.

Sussan Ley MP
Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

It's Election Year and it looks like we are in for a long campaign. Given the increasing profile of child care in politics and the media and the fact that it is going through a period of rapid change, we expect it to be an important election issue.

This week we present an opinion piece on child care by Sussan Ley the Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning.

Read Ms Ley's opinions and then have your say by leaving your comments at the end of her editorial.

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Is new Staying Healthy going too far?

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As you know the Government has released a new version of its guidelines for staying well and preventing illness in the child care industry.

Staying Healthy- Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services was launched by the Minister for Child Care Kate Ellis and the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and sets best practice guidelines for child care services in line with National Quality Framework requirements.

The last week has seen a huge media beat up about how the guidelines will prevent children from sharing birthday cakes with their friends and how alcohol sanitiser should be used every time children play in the sandpit.

However, it's important to note that the Staying Healthy guide represents best practice guidelines and some services may choose to operate against the recommendations.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says the reason the new edition of Staying Healthy places more emphasis on risk management is to prevent outbreaks of infection in child care settings and recommends those with different operating procedures to make infection prevention a priority.

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