ACA National urges caution around enrollment incentives as ECEC competition grows

The national branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has called for caution in relation to the use of marketing and incentives for early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres to increase enrolments to their service, concerned about breaches of a variety of laws and policies.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Exclusive education: Parents can equip themselves to combat ‘gatekeeping’

When Gibb was ready to start school, his mum, Caitlin, took him on a school tour. She had picked this school because of its “small village feel”, thinking they would embrace her son, who has Down syndrome, and provide him with the right support to thrive.

21 days ago

by Kate de Bruin, Monash University

Strike Force Mercury: further arrests in FDC fraud case

The New South Wales police force announced late yesterday that a further 11 people have been arrested in relation to their alleged role in a criminal syndicate said to have conducted co-ordinated fraudulent activities targeting family day care (FDC) operations.

a month ago

by Freya Lucas

Inspection program uncovers poor risk assessments and training in WA ECEC sites

An inspection program to explore safety issues in Western Australia’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) sites has revealed “a widespread lack of risk assessment and training in hazardous substances”.

a month ago

by Freya Lucas

Allergy? Intolerance? What’s the difference, and how do you manage both in your ECEC setting?

With hospital admissions for children with severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) doubling over the past decade, and with one in ten children living with a food allergy or sensitivity, the “allergy issue” and how to manage it is something every early childhood education and care (ECEC) setting will have to face at one time or another.

a month ago

by Mandy Sacher