Child Care Industry News October 21, 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
October 21, 2014
Welcome, this week the results of a review of the NQF which advise a steady as she goes approach to changes and the Taskforce charged with unearthing and fining unscrupulous child care providers.
Report reveals widespread support for NQF
A review into the National Quality Framework, the National Quality Standards and the assessment and rating system by Woolcott Research has revealed widespread support for the NQF but suggests there are opportunities for streamlining, reducing red tape and further refining the current framework.

The review also reveals that a range of cultural and/or behavioural changes may have emerged as a result of implementation of the NQF.

The report, which collated the opinions of 1335 people at 55 public consultation sessions, 638 responses to an online survey, 280 online comments and 187 formal submissions, revealed a broad base of support and no real desire for systematic change at this time.

The report also made it clear that implementation of the NQF has provided significant benefits for children and services since it was introduced in 2012 as a result of:
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Compliance taskforce hands out $2 million in fines
The Abbott Government's new Child Care Compliance Taskforce has handed out close to $2 million in fines since July to providers operating outside the law.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said the Taskforce had taken action against 24 services, ranging from suspensions and restrictions to the issuing of 256 fines totalling $1.74 million dollars.

According to information from the Assistant Minister's office, Family Day Care (FDC) comprised more than 90 per cent of offenders, with action taken against 22 FDC co-ordination services representing a network of 1500 individual home educators across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
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