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Changes to childcare regulations set to come into effect

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Amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations come into effect on 1 September in all Australian states and territories except Western Australia.

The amendments will deliver benefits to providers and resolve several issues raised since the introduction of the National Quality Framework.

The minor amendments will deliver benefits to providers, resolving several issues raised since the introduction of the National Quality Framework. – See more at: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/amendments-to-the-national-regulations-to-come-into-effect#sthash.tWGqjVdR.dpuf

Amendments approved by the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood apply to temporary relocation, rehearsal of emergency and evacuation procedures, and overseas-qualified educators who need to be assessed for equivalence. There has also been a redefinition of ‘serious incident’ as well as amendments to the way providers apply to temporarily waive the rules for the educator-to-child ratio and early childhood teacher requirements in an emergency situation.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is updating a range of online resources to reflect the amendments ahead of the 1 September implementation including the National Quality Framework Resource Kit, the Operational Policy Manual for Regulatory Authorities, FAQs and information sheets.

The Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2013 are available at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/epub

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