Service approval requirements reminder

The NSW Department of Education is the Regulatory Authority responsible for assessing individuals or organisations seeking to own and/or operate an early childhood education service or services in NSW.

The assessment of applications ensures:

  • the safety, health and wellbeing of children attending education and care services
  • all approved providers and services understand their responsibilities under the relevant legislation and
  • promotion of continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services.

Who is affected?

The requirements apply to all applicants wishing to seek approval to

  • become a new provider,
  • establish a new service, including building or purchasing a service, extend an existing service

or when applicants wish to:

  • provide notification of an approved service transfer of ownership
  • notify of changes of persons with management or control.

The department applies a risk-based approach, so anyone could be called to participate in the approvals process. More information can be found on our website.

In certain circumstances, this may mean that all Persons with Management or Control associated with your application will need to attend the information and assessment session. The department will advise on the requirements for each applicant.

The department's risk-based approach also includes random sampling, whereby an applicant may be selected at random to attend an information and assessment session.

The main priority is to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children attending education and care services in NSW.

Note regarding timing of applications:

Applicants should note that under the National Law the Department has 60 days to review each application for a Provider Approval and 90 days for each service approval application. These timeframes commence from the time when all information is received and include attendance at an information session and completion of the assessment (where an applicant was advised and required to complete one).

Category:  December 2017,

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