Child Care Industry News November 3, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
November 3, 2015
Welcome, this week meet Emma Larsen the 2015 Australian Family Educational Experience Rising Star and a timely reminder on the transitional arrangements which come to an end on 1 January 2016.
Transitional regulations end
31 December 2015
From 1 January 2016, a number of transitional regulations in place to give providers time to meet NQF requirements will no longer apply.

For example, the transitional provision that allows an educator who was continuously employed for 15 years or longer to be counted as a certificate III educator ends on 31 December 2015, except for services in remote or very remote areas, where it will continue to apply until 1 January 2018 (regulation 240).

According to ACECQA information other transitional regulations set to expire include:
  • Regulation 250 – Declared approved family day care services (fencing requirement, for the purpose of quality assessment and rating)
  • Regulation 251 – Declared out of scope services (requirements for fencing, outdoor space and premises designed to facilitate supervision, for the purpose of quality assessment and rating)
  • Regulation 254 – Declared approved learning frameworks (ACT)
  • Regulation 336 – Family day care educators (SA) (FDC educator qualifications)
For details of each regulation, visit the Education and Care Services National Regulations and if you have questions about the requirements contact ACECQA's Enquiries team.
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Child care person in the spotlight
Emma Larsen
What is your name?
My name is Emma Larsen and I am 23 years old.

Which centre do you work in? How many staff and children are in the centre?
I am the director and educational leader at Avenel Preschool, a stand-alone, not for profit kindergarten in North East Victoria. We have two staff members - myself and my wonderful co-educator and cater to 50 children over 5 days.

What is your professional background and career experience?
I grew up in the tiny town of Gapsted about half an hour North East of Wangaratta, Victoria where I lived with my Dad, Mum and younger brother, Dan. In 2010, I was accepted into the Early Achiever's program at Australian Catholic University in Ballarat and started my Bachelor of Primary and Early Childhood Education.

After my first kindergarten placement, I knew that early childhood education was going to be the right choice for me. I was able to refine my skills when I was offered a position as a room leader at Mountain View Children's Centre in Myrtleford in 2012.
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