Child Care Industry News March 31, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
March 31, 2015
Welcome, this week learn about Victoria's decision to join NSW in introducing No Jab No Play in early childhood environments and research from ACECQA which shows that the red tape burden for early childhood services as a result of the NQF has started declining.
No jab no play

Victoria may intro 'No Jab No Play' in early childhood services

Victorian early childhood education and care centres may start turning unvaccinated children away as early as Term One 2016 if new no jab no play policies come into effect.

According to the Herald Sun the Victorian department of Health and Human Services is consulting with NSW counterparts about their scheme which came into effect in January 2014.

In NSW unvaccinated children must hold a GP issued exemption certificate if they want to attend an early childhood service and parents can only apply for an exemption if they can prove vaccinations would be harmful to their child or if it is against their religious beliefs.

In addition, parents who refuse vaccines must also receive counselling from their GPs so they are fully aware of the risks of not vaccinating. Early childhood services who enroll unvaccinated children may receive a $4000 fine for non-compliance.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy told the Sunday Herald Sun that the aim of the no jab no play policy was to ensure people who don't vaccinate children "receive the best medical advice so that they are fully informed about the risks of their decision".

"People are entitled to their opinions, but let's be very clear: not vaccinating a child puts them and other children at risk of dangerous diseases and illnesses," she said.

If the law passes through parliament, it will make Victoria the second Australian state to toughen up on vaccination rules.
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Paperwork burden improving: ACECQA
Early childhood education and care providers have reported a reduction in the administrative burden and paperwork involved in administering the NQF in its second year of operation.

The second report from ACECQA’s longitudinal study into regulatory burden, Report on National Quality Framework and Regulatory Burden - Wave II, shows:
  • centre-based services report lower overall burden in 2014 than in 2013
  • the perception of burden is lower around supervisor certificates and displaying information than reported in the first survey
  • a greater proportion of not-for-profit services agree that administrative requirements are simpler now than under previous licensing and accreditation systems.
ACECQA started annual surveys of administrative burden in 2013 to examine whether the paperwork required under the NQF increased or decreased over time.

ACECQA says the second wave of surveys, completed in February and March 2014, show that administrative burden is reducing as processes are streamlined and the sector adapts to the NQF.

The third stage of the study will be undertaken in the first half of 2015.
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