Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis today announced parents will soon be able to access ratings of their local child care centres on the MyChild website from this year.
Minister Ellis said making child care ratings available for parents is a key part of the new National Quality Framework (NQF) to lift the standard of child care across Australia.
“We are lifting the standard of child care across Australia because we believe parents deserve peace of mind that when they drop their children off to child off to child care they are getting quality care to a high standard,” Minister Ellis said.
“We recognise the first years of a child’s life is crucial to their development – that’s why governments of all political persuasions signed up to the reforms to lift the standard of child care across Australia.
“It’s also why the Australian Government increased the Child Care Rebate from 30% where it sat under the Coalition to 50% and to a cap of $7 500 - so that more families have access to affordable child care.
“In its first year, the NQF is already providing children with better care, more highly qualified educators, and more one-on-one time with their educator.
“More than 1.3 million Australian children are now receiving better quality child care in centres across Australia.
“Each centre across Australia will be individually assessed and their progress towards meeting the new national standards will be published on the MyChild website for parents to access.”
Minister Ellis recently joined Federal Member for Chisholm Anna Burke at a visit to Coco’s Early Learning Centre in Oakleigh East, which has recently received their rating under the NQF.
“Coco’s are not only meeting the standard, it has exceeded the national ratings for Health and Safety and Leadership and Management, and many centres around the country are achieving similarly good results thanks to these new standards,” Minister Ellis said.
Anna Burke said that this was great news for local children and their families.
“This will give peace of mind to parents that their child is receiving the best care and learning opportunities,” Ms Burke said.
“I know that Coco’s Early Learning Centre has a particular interest in providing culturally appropriate care to children of all backgrounds and origins, so it’s great to see them recognised as a quality service.
Minister Ellis said the NQF was being implemented gradually until 2020, to ensure services have enough time to adjust to the new requirements.
“We are backing the National Quality Framework with a record investment of $23.1 billion in early childhood education and care, more than triple that invested by the former Coalition Government.
“I look forward to continuing to work with all state and territory governments to deliver better child care for Australian children and their families – and continuing to tackle the issue of reducing child care waiting lists,” Minister Ellis said.
The NQF requires all providers to improve services and provide families with better information. It includes:
- Improved educator to child ratios, so that each child gets the individual care and attention that they need;
- Higher educator qualifications, to equip staff to provide the kind of activities that help children learn and develop; and
- More information for parents through a transparent ratings system.