• Child to staff ratios are lower in NSW than every other state.
  • Centre running costs in NSW are higher than in every other state.
  • 0-2 year old ratio’s are mooted to be the next to drop.
  • The argument in the US has moved to affordability which is where we need to go.
  • Quality of teaching easily outpoints staff/child ratios as critical predictor of future educational outcomes.
  • Degree-trained childcare and early learning educators (in Australia) are not delivering better results than two year diploma trained childcare educators according to Melbourne University research reported here.
  • Costs are driving parents away from professional centre-based care toward non-professional alternatives.
  • Parents can receive government support for nannies even if they have no early learning qualifications.
  • And at the same time, even more onerous restrictions are being placed on qualified teaching staff at formal centre-based childcare providers.
  • Up to 30% of centre staff time is going on dealing with regulations and red tape.
  • The proposed new CCMS System will facilitate funding to be calculated and paid on hours used instead of hours booked.
  • Centres with less than 25 places opening longer than 8 hours a day to meet their community’s needs are forced to charge families extra to fund the ECT for more than 8 hours.
  • There are over 1000 centres in NSW with less than 30 places that face viability issues because they are being forced to employ more expensive degree trained educators in place of diploma trained educators who in research conducted in Australia perform equally well.
  • Under the Federal Government’s proposed Activity Test many of our children who currently access 24 hours of CCB funded early childhood education/care per week will be cut back to 24 hours per fortnight.
  • Many centres will have had to cut 0-2 (1/1/2011) and 2-3 year old places (1/1/2016) because they cannot comply with their local government car parking requirements i.e.Local Government Approvals system.
  • A credible planning system needs to be introduced to ensure new centres are only built in areas of need to support centre viability and continuity for families of existing centres. For example, one local council has spent $7.75 million for land and building for a childcare centre which delivers 50 places. Another inner western Sydney council has just spent $5million building alone for again, just 50 spaces. Luxury centres for the lucky 100 but what about the rest of the children!
  • We are calling for an across the board review of childcare to ensure our industry is not destroyed by well-intentioned but impossibly costly and vexatious regulations.
  • In NSW under the subordinate legislation act, there must be a review of the regulations every five years. If we are to ensure our concerns are met members will need a strong experienced executive. The DidYouKnow team has the skill and experience to ensure government does not put members under further pressure and that they understand fully the unintended consequences of any over-zealous legislation.
  • A moratorium on new state regulations is needed resolve all of the unintended consequences attached to NQF changes as discussed in this paper in the Papers and Reports section.
 
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