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Children’s care and education are high priority:

If children are to thrive, they need professional childcare services that meet or exceed quality standards in Australia. New laws and regulations have been passed, raising standards in the childcare profession. The recent changes show newly adopted standards in how Australia treats the safety and educational organizations in business now. The childcare providers are obligated to evolve throughout the years to meet changing standards as families struggle to meet their children’s needs.

One of the organizations involved in the standards of childcare, the Australian Children’s Educational and Care Quality Authority, has a website to show their most updated overview regarding all legal, regulatory, and framework changes. The summary gives information about the laws and regulations for childcare.

The choices available for parents include private childcare and professional services. The types of care offered are:

  • Long day care
  • Family day care and in-home care
  • Non-school hours care and school vacation care
  • Occasional care

Newer laws and regulations dictate education and care with providers that also include medical needs. This includes the developing standards for “medical conditions policy document” in regard to children who have health care needs. Childcare providers also must document plans for the management of medical conditions for children in their care. This includes training supervisors and staff on how to recognize medical needs while the child is in their care. Here are a few of the necessary childcare procedures:

  • Developing plans for the management of medical conditions identified for each child in their care
  • Sharing plans for managing child medical conditions with all supervisors and staff
  • Obtaining a medical management plan for identified conditions from a parent of that child
  • Documenting that a child’s medical management plan was correctly followed in the event of a medical emergency as per parent’s agreement
  • Keeping up-to-date medical plans and medication needs that agree with the child’s primary doctor
  • Documenting medication schedules, and showing that they are qualified in administering them if necessary
  • Supplying documents of authorization for decisions made when the parent is not available
  • Having standards in place of notifying parents of illnesses, incidents, trauma and injuries

How can parents make sure these needs are met?

Ask what documentation the childcare service has available and what they are qualified to do. Depending on the child’s needs, they may only need a simple “babysitting service”. When children have more needs, such as medical conditions, the caregiver must, of course, be trained to give adequate care.

Another concern for parents is the need for pre-school education and kindergarten. The National Quality Framework (NQF) is raising standards and requirements as needed. Especially important, knowing that a child will be in a learning and social environment is key to knowing that their child is in the care of well-trained individuals.

It’s best if a child is afforded the care that guarantees that they are our highest priority. They are the future, and we need to treat them as such.