To ensure consistency in the delivery of early childhood education services, quality improvement continues to be a priority area within the sector. The Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) is a key tool available for services to support this ongoing activity.
Following changes to the National Law from 1 October 2017, new child protection training requirements have been introduced nationally for nominated supervisors and for the “person in day-to-day charge” at early childhood services.
A $2.5 million investment focusing on quality improvement in the early childhood education sector has been launched in 2018 to strengthen and support providers to ensure consistently high-quality services are available for children and their families.
Services and providers will be aware of the Early Childhood Education Directorate’s Sector Development Program, which supports the early childhood education workforce through the provision of professional development activities and resources.
Applications are now open for the new $10 million Quality Learning Environments program. Launched by the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell, the grants will be provided to develop the quality of physical environments, and to support the health and safety or other functional needs of children attending preschool services.