In NSW, nominated supervisors, persons in day-to-day charge and family day care co-ordinators must complete a child protection course required by a Government protocol, by section 162A of the Children (Education and Care Services) National Law.
Studies reveal that young children in early childhood centres are being fed food that does not match nutritional guidelines, hungry throughout the day, and fed food that Educators themselves have brought from home.
The NSW Government is rolling out free health checks for 4-year-old children at their preschool or long day care service to make it easier for families to get health and development checks for their children.
According to an inquiry, Educators should not be permitted to carry a phone that may take pictures of children while working and parental consent should be required before taking any photos of children.
As of 8th December 2023, Food Standard Code 3.2.2A updates have now come into effect. This means that all early learning services that prepare and serve meals to children require food safety training for all food handlers and a food safety supervisor onsite. Services have until 8 December 2024 to comply.
There are many different natural settings where in-nature programmes might be held, including your neighbourhood park or reserve, the beach, a lake, or the woods. ACECQA has published new guidance information to guide services for the approved regulatory changes that started on 1 October 2023.