While Kids at Home has recently exceeded National Quality Standards (NQS), nearly half the nation’s childcare centres have failed to meet strict new quality standards – despite hitting parents with higher fees.
According to news.com.au Only 55 per cent of centres inspected by government assessors have met or exceeded the regulatory standards.
The rest are “working towards” them – yet there is no deadline to comply.
One in three long daycare cen
tres has failed the new standard for children’s health and safety, and half do not meet the requirements for “educational program and practice”.
Kids at Home, along with all other Childcare services are being marked in seven areas – education, health and safety, physical environment, staffing, relationships with children, partnerships with the community and leadership – despite 59% of Family Day Care providers not meeting these standards, Kids at Home was rated as “Exceeding”.
Childcare Centre fees are rising faster than inflation, as centres hire and train extra staff to comply with the new quality rules. This once again makes Family Day Care the cost effective, quality child care alternative to childcare centres.
The recent Australian Council for Educational Research report to the nation’s education ministers, based on a sample of 491 childcare centres, found 60 per cent of long daycare centres, one in four preschools, three-quarters of out-of-school care centres and 59 per cent of family daycare providers did not meet the standards.
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) yesterday said updated data showed 55 per cent of the 1300 centres assessed so far have met or exceeded the standard.