ACCS is the peak body representing Australia’s not-for-profit community owned children’s services and those who support the right of children to access these services. ACCS builds on the strong history of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services (NACBCS) Est 1982.
As we approach the next federal election in an environment of calls for free or cheap child care, ACCS has reviewed and restated its policy on accessible and affordable child care. We spell out how the government subsidy system can be improved to meet the needs of families facing vulnerabilities.
ACCS is once again bringing the voice of the community children’s services sector to policy makers in the major political parties to inform the policies they take to the next federal election, due late this year or early next year. It proposes the four headline issues that need to be addressed in this election:
- Building a skilled and professional early and middle childhood workforce – pay equity for educators; subsidised fees for upskilling to diploma and degree early childhood qualifications; stronger controls for early childhood courses and quality assurance of providers
- Confirm on-going commitment to the National Quality Framework to continue building quality standards beyond 2020
- All children, including those of non-working parents, are eligible for subsidised high quality early childhood education and care for at least 2 days per week
- Children and families experiencing vulnerability, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, are eligible for at least two days of fully subsidised access per week without going through the Additional Child Care Subsidy processes
The final survey in the longitudinal study of implementation of the National Quality Framework is now completed and the report is available on this website.
The report highlights the leadership of the community children’s services sector in implementing the quality reforms and achieving ratings of Exceeding the standards and of Excellent service.
Services are exceeding the mandatory staff to child ratios and employing more qualified educators and teachers. They support their Educational Leaders and support increasing numbers of children and families experiencing vulnerability – all while limiting fee increases.
Watch out for publication of a paper documenting the findings of the TICCSS studies in the context of the policy and advocacy debates during the eight year period of phased implementation of the National Quality Framework.