Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Government seeks input to strengthen child care regulations

    16/07/2007 2:00 PM
     
    16/7/07

    The State Government is seeking community and industry comment on a review of the State’s child care regulations, to continue to improve the quality, safety and standards throughout the State.

    Communities Minister Sue Ellery today released a discussion paper developed by the Child Care Regulations Consultative Committee to encourage discussion and informed participation in the review.

    “The Carpenter Government is committed to the continued improvement of child care, its safety and operating standards, and this review follows the appointment of an extra 13 inspectors to the Child Care Licensing and Standards Unit earlier this year,” Ms Ellery said.

    “Those inspectors have ensured that every licensed child care service will be visited at least once a year with increased random spot checks throughout the State.”

    The Minister said the review aimed to increase parents’ confidence in the standards of the centres caring for their children.

    “It is an important issue for each family that utilises any of the 1,354 licensed services caring for up to 37,500 children in Western Australia," she said.

    “This discussion document is one way that the child care sector and those involved with the development of children in this state can contribute to the regulations that determine their guidelines.

    “We see this as a crucial development for the future management of child care services in WA.”

    Some of the issues identified by the committee included the need for regulations to be easily understood, the qualifications of child care staff, concerns about the overlap of regulations and group sizes.

    At the end of the public consultation period the Child Care Regulations Consultative Committee would prepare recommendations to the Minister by December 2007.

    The Child Care Regulations Discussion document can be downloaded from the Department for Communities website at http://www.childcare.wa.gov.au

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