Child Care Industry News February 18th 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
February 18, 2014
Welcome, more kids on your waiting lists this year? The ECEC sector continues to experience rapid growth read about it in this week's newsletter. Also staff vaccination: what's your policy?
Government figures show sustained growth
The number of families using child care has grown to 742 690, an increase of 6 percent since June 2012, according to figures in the June Quarter 2013 Child Care and Early Learning in Summary Document.

The Government's quarterly update found that hourly fees for long day care (LDC) are increasing at a rate of about 7 per cent per year but also shows that the average number of hours parents used LDC services did not increase at all during the period.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said LDC and Outside Hours School Care (OHSC) remained the most popular types of child care, covering about 95 per cent of the sector, but she noted there has been significant growth in Family Day Care (FDC) and Occasional Care (OC). »
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Should early childhood workers be vaccinated?
With the introduction of No Jab No Play laws in NSW and the likelihood this will spread to other states and territories it seems appropriate to consider immunisation requirements for early childhood educators.

Currently it is not compulsory for people working in early childhood environments to be vaccinated. Yet unvaccinated people stand a higher risk of being exposed to infectious diseases due to their regular contact with children and they may also pose a risk to infants who haven't been fully immunised.

The best way for child care services to protect staff and children from vaccine preventable diseases is to have a work place policy which clearly outlines service requirements relating to immunisation status and the protocols which will be followed in the case of an outbreak.
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