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Child care centre ratings now available online

Parents and guardians who want to know how their child’s care centre is faring in terms of the new national standards may now check the ratings online.

This was announced by Early Childhood and Child Care minister Kate Ellis, who said that the first National Quality Standard ratings for child care centres have been published on the MyChild website that was established by the Australian Government.

The move to publish the ratings online is part of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.

According to Ellis, parents can now go to the MyChild website to search for child care service providers in their neighborhood. They may also look up the location, fees, service vacancies, and now the quality ratings of the child care service they are interested in and how the service provider is evaluated for the National Quality Standard.

There are seven areas for which the child care centre will be rated under the National Quality Standard, as well as an overall rating that will depend on the quality of each of these areas. The level of rating for each of the seven areas will be Excellent (awarded by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority); Exceeding National Quality Standard; Meeting National Quality Standard; Working towards National Quality Standard; and Significant Improvement Required.

Ellis explained that the “Working Towards National Quality Standard” rating does not signify a decrease in performance for the provider, but only means that the centre has been evaluated under a more challenging metrics system.

She said that a service provider should meet requirements for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of children in a safe learning environment, and that getting a “Working Towards National Quality Standard” rating means that some standards are not met in one of the seven specific areas.

The child care centre ratings may be found at www.mychild.gov.au , and are also seen at the centre.

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