Child Care Industry News April 1st 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
April 1, 2014
Welcome, this week read a case study in flexible child care from Kathryn Mahoney at Windsor School Aged Care in Queensland. Also check out ACECQA's new myth buster resource to learn fact from fiction.

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Busting myths the ACECQA way
In an effort to improve communication around NQF assessments, procedures and ratings ACECQA has created a Mythbuster page on its website.

The page includes information about commonly repeated urban myths and offers service providers the opportunity to send in any questions or concerns they have and have them answered by the ACECQA team.

Common issues include the assessments and ratings process, qualifications requirements, training information, educator to child ratios, waivers, National Registers and how to apply for an Excellent rating.

The information is offered in an easy to read language with questions listed under subject headings.

To visit the Mythbuster page click here. To have one of your questions answered you can either email or visit the ACECQA Facebook page.
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Child care person in the spotlight
This week we profile Kathryn Mahoney who works in an outside school hours care service which has been involved in the early childhood education and care flexibility trials.

What is your full name?
My name is Kathryn Mahoney and I work at Windsor School Age Care Centre in Windsor (Qld), a non-profit, community based outside school hours care service.

How many staff and children are in the centre?
Windsor School Age Care Centre currently engages 22 educators and several ancillary staff. We are licensed for 170 children per session. Currently we average 125 children per afternoon, 70 children per morning and 75 children per vacation care day. We now offer our services seven days per week, opening at 6am until school starts and after school care sessions run until 10pm. Weekend care operates from 6am -10pm.

What is your professional background and career experience?
I have a Bachelor of Social Science - Community Services and early in my career I had a focus in corrective services. Having worked in school age care while studying I returned to the industry in 1993 and have worked for Windsor School Age Care Centre as service coordinator ever since.
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