The latest news, views and reviews for Australia's child care industry. September 10, 2013
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Advice from othersIn response to numerous emails from our readers seeking advice on a range of issues relating to the early childhood sector we have decided to launch a monthly column where you can ask a question and have it answered by your peers and colleagues.

Peer-to-peer advice is one of the best ways of solving workplace issues and we hope that providing you with a forum to anonymously ask questions will be a valuable way of learning from the experience and knowledge of your peers in the sector.

Questions can relate to any aspect of early childhood education and care.

If you have a question or issue you need help with email us at

All questions remain anonymous

This month's question comes from Ally:

"I work as a centre assistant at a long day care service.

How can someone who is not in a room but who relieves staff for breaks and for non-contact time satisfy the assessors' requirements?

I am studying towards my Diploma and will hopefully complete it this year and I understand what we should be doing as educators but cannot put it into practice.

Being in a room for 10 minutes at a time then moving to other rooms, then coming back and covering 30 minute breaks and leaving quickly again is very disheartening. I feel more like a cleaner than an educator. I do observations for educators while they are absent from their rooms but cannot follow up my observations.

Are there other educators in this position? What do you suggest I do?"

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