More than 4,500 educators unite in NZ calling for full time nature based childcare

A petition signed by over 4,500 New Zealand educators, childcare centres and parents will be presented to the New Zealand Government this week, calling for a change in regulations and a new licence type, which would allow full time nature based childcare in the country, local news source TVNZ has reported.

a day ago

by Freya Lucas

FairWork Ombudsman will identify rule breaking employers in pay based crackdown

In a statement outlining her priorities as the FairWork Ombudsman in the new financial year, Sandra Parker issued a stern and decisive warning to employers, including those within the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, who underpay workers or deprive them of entitlements, saying “we will use our new powers and publically name employers breaking the law to get the message out that it is not acceptable. Employers who do this will get caught”.

12 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Changes to the UK A&R framework to commence in September

UK early childhood education and care (ECEC) regulatory body, Ofsted, has confirmed changes to the way in which early years providers, schools and colleges are inspected after receiving “strong support” from three quarters of consultation respondents for a refocus on “the substance of education,” Nursery World has reported.

a month ago

by Freya Lucas

Reducing the red tape around childcare

The recent Select Senate Committee on Red Tape on Childcare aimed to identify and address issues relating to the regulation on the early childhood education and care sector. Former Victorian Regulatory Authority compliance manager and solicitor Mick Ogrizek discusses the findings, and provides a perspective on where the Committee fell short.

3 months ago

by Mick Ogrizek

SNAICC adds weight to ParentsNext controversy with Senate Committee submission

In a joint statement to the Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s ParentsNext program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and human rights organisations have called for the program to be scrapped, describing the program as “punitive”, and “raising concerns about compliance with Australia’s sex and race discrimination laws”

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas