Child care centres will find it easier to employ temporary staff during unexpected leave under amendment regulations to be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.
The Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2014 introduce minor changes which will improve operational processes and cut red tape for child care services.
“These changes will help services to meet the requirements under the National Quality Framework,” ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said.
“While many of these amendments are relatively minor, they respond directly to feedback from the education and care sector and will resolve some issues that have been raised since the introduction of the National Quality Framework.
“The ACT Government has listened to the sector’s concerns about backfilling educators during meal breaks and unexpected leave. The amendments provide flexibility for staffing arrangements during these periods without compromising our children’s education or safety.
“We will also make it easier for services to employ new educators by introducing a probationary period for an educator to be employed while working towards their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
“The amendments will also streamline the supervisor certificate approval process to cut red tape for services and the Regulatory Authority.”
The amendments reflect a decision by federal, state and territory education ministers to improve several processes ahead of a full review of the National Quality Framework this year.