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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT REFORM AGENDA. August 2009. 2 JULY COAG COMMUNIQUÉ. Announced endorsement of National Early Childhood Development Strategy Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for National Quality Agenda

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2 july coag communiqu
2 JULY COAG COMMUNIQUÉ

Announced endorsement of

  • National Early Childhood Development Strategy
  • Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for National Quality Agenda
  • Implementation of National Early Years Learning Framework from July 2009
early childhood development strategy
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

VISION ………by 2020

all children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation

principles for the national strategy
Principles for the National Strategy

A focus on

  • Whole child
  • Whole of childhood - antenatal period to 8
  • All children with additional help for those most in need
  • Enhancing positive factors and reducing risk
  • A whole service system: universal & targeted; interagency
  • Diversity and difference a strength
the case for change
The Case for Change
  • Clear evidence of critical place of early years in whole of life trajectory: health, development, learning and wellbeing
  • Widening inequalities in outcomes between groups of children on a number of indicators
  • Social changes impacting on family functioning and capacity of services to meet family needs
current commitments
Current Commitments

Egs…..

  • NP Agreement on Early Childhood Education: Universal access to preschool
  • Child and Family Centres under the NP Agreement on Indigenous Education
immediate actions within existing resources
Immediate Actions within Existing Resources

Egs…..

  • Consider the AEDI results in community, state and national planning processes
  • Develop training materials to support the release of the EYLF and the National Quality Agenda
priority reform areas
Priority Reform Areas
  • Strengthen universal maternal, child and family health services
  • Support for vulnerable children
  • Engaging parents and community in understanding the importance of early childhood
  • Improve early childhood infrastructure
  • Strengthen workforce
  • Build better information and evidence base
consultation regulation impact statement for quality reforms
Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for Quality Reforms
  • Current scope: long day care, preschool, Family Day Care, outside school hours care
  • Focus on a national standard including key structural drivers of quality:
    • Ratios of staff to children
    • Staff qualifications, and
  • A Quality Rating System
  • Unified National Regulatory System
  • Consultation closes 31 August
regulatory arrangements
RegulatoryArrangements

Option 1: No change

Option 2: Integrated national system

  • a unified national system
  • individual services will need to deal with only one organisation for quality assessment
  • a single set of improved national quality standards that integrate education and care will promote good developmental outcomes for children attending child care and preschool
  • a new ratings system will provide better information about service quality to help parents to choose a service and promote quality improvements amongst services.
  • Full list of features available on page 28 of the RIS
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Longdaycare and preschool options

Full details on page 26 of the RIS

a new quality rating system
A New quality rating system

Option 1 – Maintain the status quo

- Currently services receive a Quality Profile Certificate from the National Childcare Accreditation Council

Option 2 – Implement the new rating system that integrates the new National Quality Standard

- COAG preferred option

seven quality areas
Sevenquality areas
  • Educational program and practice
  • Children’s wellbeing, health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships– interactions within the service
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Leadership and service management
discussion of ratings
Discussion of ratings

Option 2 Quality ratings

early years learning framework
EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
  • A key plank of the Quality Agenda and the national standard
  • National implementation from July 2009
  • DECS Early Childhood Services working with Regions to plan and support implementation
national ecd strategy timeframes
NATIONAL ECD STRATEGY TIMEFRAMES
  • EYLF implemented from July 2009
  • National ECEC Standards and Ratings System agreed Nov 2009, transitioned into place from July 2010 and fully operational from 2012
  • Fully developed proposals for the 6 NECDS reform priorities considered by COAG in 2010
  • National Early Childhood Development Agreement for COAG consideration in 2010
for more information
FOR MORE INFORMATION
  • www.deewr.gov.au/Earlychildhood