Long day care is provided in a centre by a mix of appropriately qualified and experienced early childhood professionals. Education and care programs are based on the needs, interests and outside experiences of each child. Centres typically operate for at least eight hours a day on normal working days for a minimum of 48 weeks per year.
As of 1 January 2012, all long day care services are licensed and regulated under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, which require them to comply with a strict and comprehensive standard of service and safety requirements outlined in legislation. The National Quality Framework which arises from it aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services through:
- a national legislative framework
- a National Quality Standard
- a national quality rating and assessment process
- a new national body called the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
For more information visit the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website, which is responsible for ensuring the National Quality Framework is implemented consistently across all states and territories.
Spend some time at centres of your choice so you can see how they operate and how they will be able to meet the needs of your child. As many services operate at capacity, it is a good idea to apply for a place and if necessary add your name on waiting lists as soon as possible.
The Australian Government's MyChild website is informative and useful for parents and guardians who are considering their childcare options.
Childcare and Kindergarten
It is important to note that many of Boroondara's childcare centres are also registered to provide a Victorian Government funded four-year-old kindergarten program, provided by a qualified kindergarten teacher. These services give families the flexibility of accessing a quality kindergarten program within a long day program.
For further information including which services also offer kindergarten programs, download the Long Day Care factsheet or phone Family Services on 9278 4613.
All children have the right to education and care in an inclusive and welcoming children's services. Commonwealth approved childcare services can access support and advice to help build their capacity to meet all children's inclusion and developmental needs by contacting an Inclusion Support Facilitator. Families of children with additional needs can also access a range of services and associations for support.
To find out more, download the information brochure, or contact an Inclusion Support Facilitator on 9278 4618 or 9278 4617.