The Education and Care Services National Regulations require an approved provider of an education and care service to ensure that a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) is prepared by the service and reviewed at least annually.
The Education and Care Unit requires all Tasmanian education and care services to update their QIP to align with the 2018 National Quality Standard, as of 1 April 2018.
The Education and Care Services National Regulations do not prescribe a format for a QIP, however, ACECQA has developed a template to support services, which can be found here: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/resources/information-sheets
Should you have any questions in relation to this change, please contact your service's Education and Care Unit (ECU) Point of Contact directly, or through the ECU Reception on (03) 6165 5425.
The National Quality Standard 2018 will commence in all states and territories from Thursday, 1 February.
- It has been agreed Nationally that the revised NQS will now be referred to as NQS (2018) and the previous version as NQS (2012)
- In Tasmania, the first assessment and rating visits using the NQS 2018 will happen early in February 2018.
- The process of notifying a service of an upcoming assessment and rating visit has not changed.
Changes to the Exceeding rating will also apply from 1 February 2018.
- Three themes must be demonstrated for a standard to be rated as 'Exceeding NQS'.
- An information sheet is available on determining 'Exceeding NQS' ratings for standards.
Guide to the NQF
Updates to the Guide to the National Quality Framework have been made. Changes include:
- The 2018 NQS
- Extensions of transitional regulations
- Registers of family day care educators
- Guidance about family day care venues
- Notifications of physical or sexual abuse
The updated Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF) (February 2018 version) can be downloaded or ordered from the ACECQA website. To remain up to date, please note that future updates will be made to the PDF online. An information sheet is also available on determining 'Exceeding NQS' ratings for standards.
A new ACECQA website will go live on Tuesday 30 January, with a much improved user experience.
Among other resources, the ACECQA website will provide further information about transitioning to the revised NQS.
National Regulations available
A consolidated version of the Education and Care Services National Regulations will be available at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au once the 1 February 2018 date has passed.
The Australian Government's new Child Care Package commences on 2 July 2018. The latest information on transitioning to the new child care package is available on the Department of Education and Training's website.
To learn more, download a PowerPoint presentation or watch the explanatory video presentations.
Approved providers can use these resources, including fact sheets and task cards, to support staff and families during the transition process.
If you would like more help you can contact the Child Care Management System (CCMS) Hotline on 1300 667 276, between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
You are invited to attend an interactive forum to explore further the changes to the National Quality Framework, particularly the changes to the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations that commenced 1 October 2017 and the upcoming changes to the National Quality Standard.
The sessions will be facilitated by the Education and Care Unit (ECU) and will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect, discuss and ask questions about the recent changes and their experience of the first month or so of implementation. Read more about the forum.
The initial co-design workshops for the Working Together for 3 Year Olds initiative will be conducted alongside the Update on the NQF forum.
The co-design workshop will be facilitated by an external consultant engaged by the Department of Education.
In preparation and lead up to the transition to the revised National Quality Standard (NQS) commencing 1 February 2018, the ECU would like to advise that there will be no assessment and rating visits conducted during December 2017 or January 2018.
If your service has not received a notification regarding the commencement of your assessment and rating cycle by 2 October 2017, then your service will not have an assessment and rating visit scheduled prior to 1 February 2018.
Services that have not received a notification by 2 October 2017 are encouraged to consider how their Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) aligns with the revised NQS and begin to make any updates that are necessary.
The revised QIP template is now available on the ACECQA website www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf-changes/information-sheets-and-resources .
The ACECQA information sheet Transitioning to the Revised National Quality Standard provides additional information: (pdf)
Approved providers are reminded that most applications and notifications will now need to be submitted through the National Quality Agenda IT System, rather than through paper-based forms.
This change has been implemented as a result of changes to the National Law and National Regulations. Further information about the changes can be found on the ACECQA website.
For further assistance on registering for the NQA ITS, please access: http://files.acecqa.gov.au/files/NQAITS/NQA_ITS_final_DL_web.pdf
Your working with children check registration is a requirement under the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act (2013) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011) and must be renewed every three years.
You cannot work within the education and care sector without holding current registration.
It is important to apply early to allow time for your registration to be processed. You can apply to renew your registration up to 90 days before the expiry date on your current registration card.
Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that you can be sent a reminder to renew your registration. Update your details on the working with children check website.
For registration renewal, visit the Department of Justice site and the My Registration page. Complete the online renewal form and choose an option to pay the fee.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your registration, please contact the Department of Justice.
The Department of Education has just launched a new website which promotes services and programs for children in the early years.
The Great Start website includes links to a range of video support resources to assist parents to support their child. Go to the Great Start website.