The Children’s Guardian Act is commencing 1 March 2020 and brings together existing legislation under one Act. It also enables the Reportable Conduct Scheme to move from the NSW Ombudsman to the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG).
Eligible services rated Working Towards the National Quality Standard (NQS) are being given an opportunity to participate in a Quality Support Program. The goal of the program is to improve on quality practice, and that over time, services will improve their overall quality rating against the NQS.
The provision of funding to assist children with disability and additional learning support needs continues to be a priority in early childhood education, as the department works closely with community preschools to ensure all children can participate on the same basis as their peers.