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National Quality Framework information session. 9 NOVEMBER 2011. Presentation overview. Where are we up to? National Regulations . 1 . Where are we up to?. Reform Agenda – National Quality Framework. The National Quality Agenda was endorsed by COAG in December 2009

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Presentation overview

  • Where are we up to?

  • National Regulations


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1. Where are we up to?

Reform Agenda – National Quality Framework

  • The National Quality Agenda was endorsed by COAG in December 2009

  • Through this Agreement, the Commonwealth and the States and Territories will work together to implement the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care commencing from 1 January 2012

  • Implementation is being led nationally by the Ministerial Council Working Groups and by DET for Queensland


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1. Where are we up to?

  • NQF begins for in-scope services on 1 January 2012

  • Consulted on draft National Regulations in March/April 2011

  • National Law passed in Victoria and New South Wales

  • Bill to apply the Education and Care Services National LawAct was introduced into Queensland Parliament on 6 September 2011

  • National Regulations approved by Australian Ministerson 14 October 2011


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1. Where are we up to?

  • Service assessment and rating visits will begin mid 2012

  • New services - Approved Providers must develop their Quality Improvement Plan within three months of the service approval

  • Existing services - will be given at least four months to develop their Quality Improvement Plan from 1 January 2012 to 30 April 2012


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1. Where are we up to?

  • 13 member ACECQA board announced which includes state and territory representatives from across Australia

  • My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Carein Australiahas beenreleased

  • Building Code of Australia considering feedback – New code expected May 2012

  • Procedures, documentation, transition arrangements and IT systems are being developed to ensure an effective introduction of the new system

  • QLD services will receive an information pack in December 2011 detailing transitional information including forms which need to be completed and sent back to DET

  • Revision of services out of scope in progress – Child Care Act 2002 continues to apply for licensed services out-of-scope of the National Law


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1. Where are we up to?

  • New names of quality ratings

  • Excellent (highest level)

  • Exceeding National Quality Standard

  • Meeting National Quality Standard

  • Working towards National Quality Standard

  • Significant Improvement Required (lowest level)

  • Updated NQS (in Regulations)

  • Minor amendments to the NQS include:

    • - Revised elements in Quality Area 1

    • - Sustainable practices and environmental responsibility now in Standard 3.3, moved from Quality Area 6

    • - Refinements to Quality Area 7


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1. Where are we up to?

  • Key messages

  • NQF is focused on quality outcomes for children

  • A phased implementation to support transition

  • Regulatory standards support the implementation of the NQS

  • The NQF is a move to promoting continuous quality improvement

  • DET will support services to implement the new standard, processes and resources


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1. Where are we up to?

Legislation and Regulations

IN-SCOPE

OUT-OF-SCOPE

National Law

Child Care Act 2002

National Regulations

Child Care Regulations

QLD Regulations (CGBs)



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– CHAPTER 1 –Preliminary: Definitions


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Preliminary

Definitions

  • In-scope services of the National Law

  • Any service providing or intending to provide education and care on a regular basis to children under 13 years of age (other than those specifically excluded)

  • Out-of-scope services of the National Law

  • A range of services are specifically excluded from the National Quality Framework, either through the National Law or through Regulation


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A disability or early childhood intervention service

In a child’s home

Hotel or resort care

Conference, sport facility or shopping centre care

Provided or shared by parents

Mobile services

Transition to school programs

College or secondary school student’s children

Vacation care offered for not more than four weeks per year

Stand alone care services

Ad hoc or casual

Commonwealth Budget Based Funding Program services

Services funded by the Queensland Government to provide limited hours care

Excluded by the National Regulations


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– CHAPTER 2 –Approvals and Certificates


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Provider Approvals

Service Approvals

Nominated Supervisor (Supervisor Certificate)

Other educators with a Supervisor Certificate

Approvals and certificates

A quick recap

  • A new robust but streamlined approval system with three interrelated approvals:

  • Under the new system provider and supervisor approvals will be ongoing and nationally recognised


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Approvals and certificates

Responsible persons

  • Responsible person

  • A ‘responsible person’ is defined in the National Law as:

  • The Approved Provider—if the Approved Provider is an individual—in any other case, a person with management or control of the service; or

  • The Nominated Supervisor of the service; or

  • A Certified Supervisor who has been placed in day-to-day charge of the service


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Approvals and certificatesNominated Supervisor

  • Is a Certified Supervisor who consents to be Nominated Supervisor

  • Services may employ several staff who are Certified Supervisors

  • Only one Nominated Supervisor required for each service

  • Responsible for day to day operation of the service, and its compliance with the legislation, for instance:

    • - Adequate supervision of the children

    • - Protecting them from harm and hazards

    • - Meeting relevant educator-to-child ratios


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Approvals and certificates

Certified Supervisor

  • New applicants for Supervisor Certificates

  • Certificate deems individual as capable of being in day to day charge of a service

  • Certificate is nationally portable from service to service

  • Must holdBlue Card (in QLD) or be a registered teacher

  • Minimum age: 18 years

  • Adequate knowledge and ability to effectively supervise a service

  • Have at least one of the following:

    • - at least 3 years experience working as an educator OR

    • - an approved Diploma level qualification in education and care OR

    • - an approved early childhood teacher qualification

  • Without these, may apply only for school-age settings


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Approvals and certificates

Declared approvals

  • Declared Provider Approvals for 1 January 2012

  • From 1 January 2012, existing licensed operators will be taken to be Approved Providers

  • Provider Approvals will be issued by DET by 30 June 2012

  • Transition information packs will be mailed to services in December 2011

  • Declared Service Approvals for 1 January 2012

  • From 1 January 2012, existing in-scope services will be taken to be Approved Services

  • Service Approvals will be issued by DET by 30 June 2012


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Approvals and certificates

Declared supervisors

  • Declared supervisors for 1 January 2012

  • From 1 January 2012, all qualified (or working towards) Directors, Coordinators and Group Leaders who are staff members of a licensed service or nominees, will be declared as Certified Supervisors and Nominated Supervisors

  • DET will issue certificates by 30 June 2012

  • Nominated Supervisors must be confirmed in writing

  • Providers will be asked to nominate their Nominated Supervisor

  • Persons declared as Nominated Supervisors can advise DET if they do not consent to be the Nominated Supervisor for the service. The advice to DET will cancel their status as a Nominated Supervisor, but they will continue to be a Certified Supervisor


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Approvals and certificates

Application for Provider Approval

  • New Provider Approval applicants

  • Apply in the state/territory of residence or principal office

  • Ongoing and recognised/accepted in all states/territories

  • Fitness and propriety can be reassessed at any time

  • Bankruptcy/insolvency public register will be checked

  • Will be published on the Approved Provider register by ACECQA

  • In QLD, must hold a Blue Card/positive exemption notice or be a registered teacher

  • Application fee: $200 (new services only)


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Approvals and certificates

Application for Service Approval

  • New applications for Service Approval

  • Service Approval is about the premises

  • Applications by Approved Providers

  • Will be processed by DET regional offices

  • Application fee varies according to size ($400-800)

  • Annual fee varies according to size ($185-365)


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Approvals and certificates

Application for Service Approval

  • What is different for QLD centre-based services?

  • Nominated Supervisor

  • No maximum capacity - approved number of places determined by available space

  • Associated children’s service – out-of-scope service located at the same premises (e.g. Limited Hours Care)


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Approvals and certificates

Application for Service Approval

  • What is different for Queensland?

  • Family day care schemes can operate across the country

  • Centre-based service approval applications must include:

    • - Soil assessment or equivalent

    • - Lease agreement or equivalent


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WaiversService Waivers - Temporary Waivers


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Approvals and certificatesWaivers

  • Service waiver – provides a waiver on an ongoing basis

  • Temporary waiver – provides a waiver for a fixed period (up to 12 months)

  • Both waivers apply to physical environmentand staffing requirementsonly


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Approvals and certificatesWaivers

  • Service waiver

    • Exemption from a physical environment and staffing requirement

    • No impact on ratings

    • Can apply with Service Approval application

    • Service Waivers will be specified on the Service Approval

  • Example of service waiver

  • If unable to fence in accordance with National Regulations and Building

  • Code of Australia, but can demonstrate ability to maintain children’s

  • safety through alternative means


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Approvals and certificatesWaivers

  • Temporary waiver

    • Apply for up to 12 months

    • Can apply with Service Approval application

    • Temporary waivers will be specified on the Service Approval

  • Example of temporary waivers

  • In the event of flooding, a service may apply for a Temporary Waiver for

  • Regulation 112 in relation to requirements to have natural features, until

  • the grounds have been cleaned/replanted.


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– CHAPTER 3 –Assessments & ratings


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Assessment and ratings

Quality Improvement Plan

  • Quality Improvement Plan

  • Includes a self assessment

  • Identifies areas for improvement

  • Contains a statement of philosophy of the service

  • Is updated at least annually

  • Timing

  • Existing services: must be developed by 30 April 2012

  • New services: must submit within three months of being granted a Service Approval


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Assessment and ratings

Quality Improvement Plan

  • Guide to developing a Quality Improvement Plan(www.acecqa.gov.au)

    • Background information

    • Tips for undertaking a self assessment

    • Examples of plans

  • Quality Improvement Plan template

    • Service details

    • Strengths and areas for improvement: 7 Quality Areas and related Regulations

    • The Plan: goals, priorities, steps, measures of success, tracking


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Assessment and ratings

A quick recap

  • Assessed against the 7 Quality Areas of the NQS

    • Educational program and practice

    • Children’s health and safety

    • Physical environment

    • Staffing arrangements, including educator-to-child ratios and qualifications

    • Relationships with children

    • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

    • Leadership and service management


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Assessment and ratings

A quick recap

Until first assessment and rating, must display:

  • A prescribed provisional rating (s65)

    • “Provisional – Not Yet Assessed under the National Quality Framework”

  • National Childcare Accreditation Council rating


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    – CHAPTER 4 –Operational requirements


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    Operational requirements

    1. Educational program and practice

    • Approved learning frameworks

    • Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework (birth - 5 yrs)

    • My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care(6 - 12 yrs)


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    Operational requirements2. Children’s health & safety

    • Health, safety and wellbeing of children (s77 – 84)

    • Adequate health and hygiene practices

    • Safe practices for handling, preparing and storing food

    • Meet children’s sleep and rest needs

    • Environment is free from use of tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol

    • Incident, injury, trauma and illness (s85 – 89)

    • Parent of child must be notified as soon as practicable– no more than 24 hrs

    • Record of incident


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    Operational requirements2. Children’s health & safety

    • First Aid kits (s89)

    • Appropriate number of First Aid kits that are suitably equipped, easy to find and accessible

    • Medical conditions policy and medication

    • procedures (s90)

    • Similar to current Child Care Act 2002

    • Services must develop a risk-minimisation plan


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    Operational requirements2. Children’s health & safety

    • Administration of medication (s93-95)

    • Must ensure administration is authorised by parents and in accordance with prescription unless in an anaphylaxis or asthma emergency

    • If an emergency occurs, parents and emergency services to be notified as soon as practical


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    Operational requirements

    2. Children’s health & safety

    • Excursions (s100 – 102)

    • Must do a risk assessment and seek authorisation from parents

    • Only an initial risk assessment is required for regular outings unless circumstances change

    • Movement to other areas in a school is not an excursion


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    Operational requirements3. Physical environment

    • Space requirements – indoor (s107), outdoor (s108)

    • Unencumbered space per child:

      • Indoor: at least 3.25 square metres

      • Outdoor: at least 7 square metres

  • Verandah may be included in indoor space with written DET approval (cannot also be included as outdoor space)


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    Operational requirements3. Physical environment

    Building Code arrangements for new services


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Staffing qualifications

    • All educator qualifications will be approved and determined bythe new national body, ACECQA

    • This includes First Aidcertificates and overseas qualifications

    • Transitional qualification lists are expected to be published by ACECQA


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Applying ratios under the NQF

    • The education, health, safety and wellbeing of children are paramount

    • Minimum educator to child ratios apply at all times

    • Ratios apply across an entire service, not necessarily by room

    • Educators must be working directly with children to be included in ratios

    • Adequate supervision needs to be maintained at all times

    • Educator-to-child ratios alone do not determine what is considered adequate supervision


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Centre-based (long day care & kindergarten)

    • 2012 qualification requirements

    • All educators must hold (or be studying towards) at a minimum a Certificate III qualification; and

    • The first of every two educators must hold (or be studying towards) a Diploma qualification or above

    • There is no legislative requirement for a teacher until 2014


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Centre-based (long day care & kindergarten)

    • 2012 ratios

    • Most current educator to child ratios will apply for Queensland services until end 2015

    • Services need to apply by 31 March 2012 to continue using the 1:5 ratio for 15-24 months until 31 December 2017

    • DET will contact eligible services in December 2011 to apply


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    Centre-based ratios from 2012 to 2020

    ‘<‘ means less than and ‘>’ means more than

    *Eligible services need to apply to continue using 1:5 ratio from 2012 until 2018

    **Means a child enrolled in schooling (Prep onwards) and attending anytime the same calendar year


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Mixed age ratios under the NQF

    • A specific mixed age group ratio no longer exists

    • For each educator, the relevant ratio for each child needs to be maintained

    • Older children can be included in the ratio of younger children

    KNOWN GROUP

    ADDITIONAL GROUP

    3 x 25 mth to prior to Prep aged children

    1 x 26 mth child and

    2 x 32 mth children

    1 Educator

    :

    +

    OR

    1 x 0-24 mth child

    In the above scenario, the youngest child falls into the >24-35 months category, so the ratio of 1:6 applies for children in the same age group or above. However, if a younger child were included, then the lower ratio would apply (1:4).


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Centre-based (outside school hours care)

    • 2012 qualification requirements

    • Continue current requirements

    • 2012 ratios

    • Continue current requirements


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Family day care

    • 2012 qualification requirements

    • Educator – no change until 2014

    • Coordinator – no change until 2014

    • 2012 ratios

    • No change – current ratios apply until 2016


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    Operational requirements4. Staffing requirements

    • Additional requirements for ALL services - 2012

    • Must appoint an educational leader

    • At least one person with First Aid qualifications

      • Asthma management

      • Anaphylaxis management


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    Operational requirements5. Relationships with children

    • Interactions with children (s155)

    • Respectful and equitable relationships are developed with each child

    • Relationships in groups (s156)

    • Each child is supported to build and maintain sensitive and responsive relationships with other children and adults

    • Must have regard for composition and size of group


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    Operational requirements6. Collaborative partnerships

    • Access for parents (s157)

    • Required to allow parent of child to visit at any time

    • Can disallow parent’s entry if it will pose a risk


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    Operational requirements7. Leadership & service management

    • Administration

    • Attendance and enrolment records (s158 – 162)

    • Attendance, child enrolment, health information kept by Approved Provider or FDC educator

    • Other adults at FDC residence (s163 – 166)

    • Approved Provider of FDC must take reasonable steps to ensure a person over 18 who resides at, or is a FDC assistant is fit and proper


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    Operational requirements7. Leadership & service management

    • Administration

    • Record of FDC visitors (s165)

    • Must take all reasonable steps to ensure a record is kept of all visitors

    • Record of visitors must include signature of visitor and the time of the visitor’s arrival and departure

    • Children not to be left alone with visitors (s166)


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    – CHAPTER 5 –Review, enforcement and compliance


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    Review, enforcement and compliance

    The approach

    • Health, safety, wellbeing and education of children is paramount

    • Risk-based approach

    • Focus on continuous improvement


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    Administration

    Fees

    • Some applications are subject to a fee

    • Fees will be reinvested in the NQF

    • Annual service fee payable by 1 July each year

    • Centre based and family day care services have different fee structures



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    – CHAPTER 6 –Administration


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    Next Steps - NQF

    • Where to from here?

    • QLD Parliament debate and passage of the Bill

    • Services will receive a transition information pack in December 2011

    • Commencement of the Law and Regulations 1 January 2012

    • National IT system commences in January 2012

    • Assessment and Ratings process to be finalised

    • Services to be assessed in mid 2012 will be contacted in March/April

    • Assessment and rating training and support


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    Guide to the National Quality Framework

    1

    Guide to the National Law and National Regulations

    2

    Guide to the National Quality Standard

    Guide to Developing a Quality Improvement Plan

    3

    4

    Resources

    Education and Care Services National Law

    Support Documents

    Education and Care Services National Regulations

    Source Documents

    National Quality Standard

    Early Years Learning Framework & Framework for School Age Care (or other approved learning framework)

    www.det.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood

    www.acecqa.gov.au



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