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Vic confirms ECEC amongst essential workers exempt from close contact home isolation

As the number of COVID-19 close contacts continues to grow across the country, Victoria has taken the measure of providing a range of essential workers with an exemption from close contact home isolation requirements.

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by Freya Lucas

Advocacy organisations band together to call on Minister Robert for urgent intervention

The Early Learning Association of Australia (ELAA), the Community Child Care Association, and Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) have banded together to send a letter to Stuart Robert, the Acting Federal Minister for Education and Youth sharing their recommendations to reduce the continued adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and care service provision. Having been viewed by The Sector team, the contents of the letter have been summarised below.

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by Freya Lucas

Union says exempting education staff from isolation rules is ‘a public policy failure’

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that staff in schools, early childhood centres and post-secondary colleges are exempt from COVID isolation rules “is an abject failure of public policy”, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Acting Secretary Pam Smith said, critical that neither the state nor federal government consulted with the union before making this decision.

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by Freya Lucas

National Cabinet confirms that ECEC will soon be exempt from close contact rules

Following a meeting held yesterday by the National Cabinet in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the Prime Minister has confirmed that each state and territory will need to implement changes to close contact arrangements for essential workers under respective state and territory public health orders and equivalent arrangements, and that early childhood education and care (ECEC) employees will fall under this directive.

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by Freya Lucas

COVID chaos has shed light on many issues in the Australian childcare sector. Here are 4 of them

Thousands of families are without childcare as hundreds of services have had to close due to a surge in COVID cases, while many more are running at reduced capacity. Many parents dread another chaotic year that may have them jugging childcare and work at home.

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by Freya Lucas

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