ACECQA launches new mapping tool showing real-time open/closed status of ECEC services
The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) have launched a new close to real-time mapping tool that displays which services are open and which early childhood education and care (ECEC) services have been temporarily closed across Australia.
The tool, which can be located here, uses source information from the ACECQA national registers based on temporary services closure notifications submitted by providers under Regulation 175(2)(b) and enables users to identify the number and location of services that have been closed.
In addition, the user can filter based on reasons for closure such as flood, health emergency, bushfires, floods, cyclones or other localised issues.
Notably, at present there are 56 services that have been temporarily closed for health emergencies across Australia of which around 33 are in the state of Victoria and around 27, or 48 per cent of all services closed for health reasons, in metropolitan Melbourne.
ACECQA does however note that if exact numbers are required it is recommended that the user use the national registers which are updated twice daily with key information on services open/close status.
To access the mapping tool please click here.