Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    State Budget 2012-13: Supporting our Community - Child Care Regulatory Unit established

    7/06/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $3.1million over 2 years to create Child Care Regulatory Unit
    • Unit provides nationally consistent regulation and quality assurance of child care
    • Aligned with National Quality Framework for Education and Child Care Services

    A new regulatory unit will be established in Western Australia to ensure Western Australian children have access to quality child care services.

     

    Through the 2012-13 State Budget, the Liberal-National Government has committed $3.1million over two years to establish the Child Care Regulatory Unit.

     

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney said the new unit would replace the Child Care Licensing and Standards Unit, and would assess, rate and monitor child care providers in accordance with the new National Quality Framework for Education and Child Care Services. 

     

    “This unit is an important step in ensuring WA families continue to receive high quality child care and it will work to support our community for future generations,” Mrs McSweeney said.

     

    “The new Child Care Regulatory Unit will also assist and advise child care service providers on meeting their requirements under the National Quality Framework.

     

    “Research shows that quality early learning programs improve children’s success at school and constructive experiences in early childhood have a positive long-term impact on development.  Child care services provide a critical role in early education and the State Government will continue to support parents by providing them with quality child care options.”

     

    The National Quality Framework for Education and Child Care Services in WA will come into effect this year. It affects long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and occasional care services.

     

          Fact File

    • Practical guides to assist parents in choosing quality child care providers are available at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
    • Since April 2010, the State Govt has published a list of all enforcement actions initiated against child care services, where a licensed service is found to be seriously non-compliant with the Child Care Services Act 2007 & regulations
    • In WA, 891 individual, private & community-based child care services & 821 family day cares provide 50,768 licensed child care places, caring for about 70,000 children
    • Introduced in December 2009, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care aims to ensure high quality early childhood education & care to improve outcomes for all children in Australia
    • A register of licensed WA child care services is also available to assist parents locate a child care provider that is suitable for their family situation - http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/childrenandfamilies/childcare/Pages/ChildCareOptions.aspx
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500