Child Care News for Parents & Carers
August 22, 2018
Welcome, this week the results of our Mini Poll on the Child Care Subsidy. Meet five early childhood services rated 'Excellent' by ACECQA, and we talk to speech pathologist Christie Drabsch from Noosa District Speech Pathology about important language milestones for young children.
What you said
Child Care Subsidy
Introduction of the single Child Care Subsidy has impacted everyone using early childhood education and care services. With mixed reports as to how well the transition has been managed and the impacts of the reform, we thought it would be interesting to survey members of the community to learn what their experiences have been.

875 people answered our survey over a two-week period, here’s what we learned:
How to spot an excellent early childhood education and care service
We all want the best for our children, and when it comes to child care, the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care makes it easy to identify which services are a cut above the rest.

Under the NQF, only the very best services in Australia receive an Excellent rating from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). To apply for that rating, services must receive 'Exceeding National Quality Standard' in all seven quality areas, which means that children who attend Excellent-rated services are receiving truly outstanding education and care.
How to help your child find their voice
Learning to talk is one of the great developmental milestones. As children move from first words to full sentences, they hone their ability to describe things, answer questions, make requests, exert their independence and generally communicate with the world.

When can you expect your child to start speaking? How can you help them master this important skill? And what should you do if they're struggling to be understood?
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