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After the 2019 NQF review, some changes to the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations, have been agreed upon by Commonwealth, state, and territory education ministers for the betterment of children’s health, well-being, and security.

The Staff Ratios and Adequate Supervision information, for NSW early childhood services, has been revised and updated by the NSW Regulatory Authority, NSW Department Of Education.

In partnership with the New South Wales regulatory authority, ACECQA has developed a series of short, interactive eLearning modules to help approved providers understand their responsibilities under the National Law and Regulations. These modules are also available in web accessible versions.

Recently Education Ministers agreed to a number of amendments to the Education and Care National Regulations including displaying of service rating certificates and managing risks while transporting children and workforce transitional provisions.

In a mixed age group of children, an educator who is caring for one age range of children can also be counted against another age range of children, as long as the ratio for each age range is maintained and adequate supervision is maintained at all times.

From 01 October 2020, new national regulations for policies and procedures, risk assessment, and written authorisation will come into effect for all education and care services in all states and territories throughout Australia, for transporting children.

Policy and Procedures are an integral part of the documentation that is required to meet legislative requirements. They prevent uncertainty about how particular situations are handled and support staff to understand their roles and responsibilities.

From today, 01 October 2018, key changes to the National Law and Regulations will come into effect for Western Australia. 

Key changes and updates to the National Regulations and Law are now in full swing. These include supporting Family Day Care to achieve better compliance and quality across the whole sector and an introduction of a national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and care to school age children.

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