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13Feb/17

National Quality Agenda Review Outcomes Announced.

Advocacy In Action

Monday 13th February 2017

National Quality Agenda Review Outcomes Announced.

Dear Members

In  2014 the federal government commenced the NQA Review to determine if the goals of the NQF to improve the quality of education and care in Australia are being met in the most efficient and effective way.

Many of you paticpated in consultations some years back.  Along with FDCAQ submitting our written response as part of the consultation process.  Our response FDCAQ RIS Submission 2015 outlined some key points that members highlighted as critical.

The State and Territory Ministers have now agreed to the NQA outcomes.  These decisions can be found in the Decision Regulation Impact Statement for changes to the National Quality Framework January 2017.

Some of the key changes are:

  • A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove conceptual overlap between elements and standards, clarify language and reduce the number of standards and elements from 18 standards to 15, and 58 to 40 elements. 
  • A reduction in documentation requirements for children over preschool age attending early childhood education and care to reduce the administrative burden for these services (applies in Queensland, NSW and NT only)
  • Introducing a national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and care to school age children to align with Queensland’s current requirement for OSHC services.
  • Removing supervisor certificate requirements so service providers have more autonomy in deciding who can be the responsible person in each service, and to reduce red tape.
  • Improving oversight of the FDC sector with requirements that predominantly align with Queensland’s current regulatory practices with a focus on maintaining the safety and well-being of children.
  • Requiring all early childhood education and care services to have sleep and rest policies and procedures for children and infants in response to recommendation from a Queensland coronial inquest.

Regarding the outcomes for FDC, FDCAQ fought hard to ensure that services delivering quality practice are not required to meet the same Practice Mentor/Coordinator to Educator ratios as services who do not meet the National Quality Standards.  Existing services will be required to meet a 1 to 25 ratio, whilst new providers or services with serious non-compliance may have tighter ratios applied to their approval conditions.  This already occurs in Queensland.

We also advocated strongly against the recommendation that educators in FDC must have their full Certificate III prior to commencement.   Again we were successful, as this recommendation has not been taken up by the government.

The increased oversight on assessment of new providers being required to demonstrate their suitability and capability are changes that we as a Peak Body fully support.  We want to see more families using FDC, as it is the best for their child. Not because of an influx of providers taking advantage of government funding. We want to ensure the very best is available and that the negative stories over the past few years in the media are no longer about FDC.  

Many of you already have in place policies and procedures for sleep and rest and as your peak body we have training both online and face to face to support the development of best practice for supervision, including how educators manage their environments for sleep and rest. Our training is called Supervision- More than What You See. Check out the link for our next webinar in April or give us a call if you would like some face to face training.

Changes to the legislation will commence from 1 October 2017, subject to the passage of legislation, in all states and territories except Western Australia. A revised National Quality Standard will be introduced on 1 February 2018 in all states and territories (including Western Australia). Other changes will take place in October 2017

ACECQA have developed a Information Sheet | Changes to the National Quality Framework.  Decision_RIS_Summary_Of_Changes_To_The_NQF or for further information go to their Decision RIS information webpage.

We will be meeting with the Queensland State Regulator to consult on the transition period for FDC and confirm how these changes will be implemented . We will keep you updated as this occurs.

Yours in perseverance

Peta 

22Jul/16

State FDC Regional Meeting 20th July | MURARRIE

On Wednesday the 20th of July we were very fortunate to have Rhonda Livingstone (ACECQA) and Cathy O’Malley (DET) present at our State FDC Regional Meeting at our Murarrie office. We had 32 participants attend and 23 online.

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Rhonda Livingstone
shared with the group ways to build confidence when preparing and undertaking the Ratings and Assessment process.  Click on the below button to view Rhonda’s presentation.

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Cathy O’Malley spoke about the new DET Fencing Requirements for a Family Day Care residence. She also shared that Family Day Care is diverse and every environment and situation is different and each should be considered in their own context.

DET-Fencing-Fact-Sheet

 

 

 

We finished the morning off with a Professional conversation around these questions. 
  • What were the key themes that stood out for you? 
  • How do I advocate for my service? 
  • What three key themes do you want to share?
The key themes from the four groups are below : 
From Rhonda Livingstone 
  • Advocating for Educators – Building their confidence to promote what they do 
  • How? What? Why? 
  • Meaningful, informed and achievable 
  • Relationships with families, children and communities 
  • Developing the community relationships 
  • Not to FEAR Department 
  • Articulate the information
  • Always about children

 

  • Not to FEAR Department
  • Articulate the Information
  • Every child 
  • Collection of information 
  • Empowering Educators 
  • Understanding regulations 
  • Needing to Educate community on professionalism of Family Day Care 
  • What are your strengths? 
From Cathy O’Malley 
  • Open for interpretation – coming back to outcomes for children 
  • Cannot blanket – All about safety 
  • Every child, environment, needs are different 
  • Family Day Care is diverse 
  • Open communication 
  • Consistency of information 
  • Collection of information  3 key things we heard 
 

 

Group One 
  • Challenge outcomes 
  • Empowering Educators to have confidence in own practice 
  • Requires our professional judgement – what has informed our decision 
Group Two 
  • Authentic 
  • Empowering 
  • Collaborative 
  • Quality of care for children – good outcomes 
  • Why? What? How? – Youtube. Critical Reflection 
  • Looking at the data – using as a basis 
  • Health: Safety and Wellbeing – Policy and Best Practice 
  • Regional Meeting – sharing 
 
Group Three 
  • Emails including Fact Sheet re: Fencing 
  • Consistency with Regional Office in Assessment and Ratings 
  • Sharing of General Practice Guide – openness/transparency 
  • Embedded Practice and what it means 
Group Four
  • What, how, why
  • Children as a focus – Outcomes for children’s wellbeing and safety
  • Confidence to challenge
21Jan/16

Broadcast media: TV and Radio and Print tips from an insider

Vivienne’s top tips when you have been asked to engage with the local media

This is follow up media information from FDCAQ Media training session held at FDCAQ on the 4th of November 2016 facilitated by Vivienne Wynter.

Broadcast media: TV and Radio and Print tips from an insider:

Television

  • Wear simple clothes and avoid thin stripes dots and complex patterns which strobe in the lights and don’t translate well. Wear block colours and not too much black (funereal) or white (makes people look big and clinical). Ideally black pants or skirt with flattering top in a block colour. Nothing distracting like elaborate earrings or brooches. Dress simply and keep still, and keep a direct gaze for TV appearances. Imagine you are speaking to one person (who approves of you). Smile with your eyes as well as your mouth.
  • Don’t fiddle with your hands. Keep them still. (I hold mine behind my back in stand up interviews).
  • Be the Family Day Care brand: friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, plain speaking.
  • Be confident. Your experience as an educator means you are qualified to give expert comment.
  • Prepare your lines beforehand and review them – no more than three or you will probably forget them.
  • Pre-recorded TV interview – do again if you fluff your lines (we all do it).
  • Be prepared for a general question – ‘What is quality child care? What does it look like? Can put you off guard because there’s so much to say. Be prepared with your lines and try not to rave but make a key point or two. Media is not about telling the whole story – it’s about delivering a few take home messages so listeners form an impression of an issue and maybe want to find out more. Don’t give chapter and verse.
  • Pause. Pause.
  • Slow down. Slow down. Slow down.
  • Smile. Smile.
  • Watch and listen to yourself on TV. There is no better way to learn.
  • Be mindful of body language and steady eye contact.
  • Try be animated and passionate – it makes good TV.
  • Hair and makeup – do them. Spray loose hairs down so they are not a dancing distraction catching the light or the breeze. Lipstick defines your mouth. Viewers are looking at your eyes and mouth so defining them makes your face easier to read. Use your eyes and mouth to be expressive

Radio presentation

  • Listen to child care centre director Nicole Spark on The World Today about EYQF http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3908976.htm First time she did media – did well.
  • News, programs (breakfast program, drive program), current affairs – speak to time slot. Brekkie is chatty, short interviews. Use the small amount of time well. Drive is more hard news and current affairs with more in depth interviews. Match the tone of the program.
  • In a live radio interview, keep still in your chair.
  • Give short self-contained answers with pauses for the interviewer to come in.
  • Slow down.
  • Ums and Ahs. Slow down. Practice a 30 second spiel without um and ah. It’s a matter of being mindful of speaking clearly in complete sentences. Consciously eliminate ums and ahs from your media presentation.
  • Imagine one listener (one person will be listening).
  • It’s just a conversation – hopefully a lively one.
  • Pause – leave clean breaks between your sentences so you don’t get interrupted or cut off.
  • Give key points not the whole book. Smile – it comes across.
  • Use anecdotes (mini-examples).
  • Warmth and humour.
  • Get the presenter’s name right – ask the producer booking the interview. Nothing sounds worse than a politician from interstate calling a presenter ‘Caroline’ when regular listeners know her name is ‘Carolyn’.

Print tips

  • Pause while journalists write to give them time. Most don’t have great shorthand!
  • It’s fine to ask ‘read that quote back to me’ and if it’s not quite right, give them another one or rephrase.
  • On and off the record – don’t say anything off the record. It you don’t want to see it in print, don’t say it.
  • Newspaper photos. Like TV – simple clothing and hair is best. Smile and brighten your eyes by opening them a bit more than usual.
  • The photo is ALL about the eyes and the face. Be animated if you can.
  • Clothing and background. A little bit of colour pops. A touch of red clothing, a green background is great.
  • Photographers want photos showing relationships or natural action. Interact with children or environment around you.
  • You don’t have to do what photographers ask you to do. Remember Marilyn Monroe standing over the air vent? She regretted that. Remember Alexander Downer in fishnets? A Certain Prime Minister in speedos. Only agree to requests you will be comfortable with.
  • Branding doesn’t’ matter for news photos. Photographers and camera operators don’t want to run an ad with a brand or logo showing and they will cut out where possible. They want the photo to tell a story. Leave business names and Family Day Care logos out of the background.
  • Smile: it makes everyone look their best.
14Jan/16

Research Project -FDCAQ engages in partnership with UQ to investigate other forms of flexible FDC delivery

Regional Meeting

(North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Regional Meeting and Flexible Delivery Models Session 1st December 2015)

Developing more Flexible Service Delivery Models for Family Day Care

FDCAQ has for the last year been engaged in a partnership with the University of Queensland Michelle Brady MA. PhD, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Science who has been investigating ‘Developing more flexible service delivery models for FDC.’

Michelle started with researching internationally the flexible models of service delivery which most align with the family day care model.

Michelle facilitated 5 (90 minute) focus groups across Queensland consulting with 60 Family Day Care Practice Mentors (also known as Coordinators) and Team Leaders. In each consultation Michelle shared information on 4 to 5 Overseas Models (which most align with the FDC model). During these consultations the focus was particularly around the feasibility of introducing some of the models of flexible childcare and how they may work with/within an FDC environment.

One of the research models-Blue Pointer Program (from New Zealand)

This model was designed to support families with children attending extra curricula activities after school whilst they work. Outline of this program

  • The service would have pool of carers that would match a “Blue Pointer carer” with the family
  • One carer would have no more than 2 children at a time
  • Carer would collect children from school
  • Carer would stay at the extra curricula activity with the child until the parent arrived or the carer would drop the child at home
  • Carer must have a drivers licence and car
  • Carer must have First aid Qualifications and Police check
  • Service would provide a mentoring and support for the “Blue Pointers”

 

We await the outcomes from this research project and will happily share the results with the session participants and members of the FDC Community.

30Nov/15

Are you ready for 2016? Family Day Care Association Queensland’s Diary/ Planner is here and ready to purchase….

The Family Day Care Association Queensland’s Diary/Planner has been created as a perpetual diary with no set dates. This was done intentionally with the idea that Educators could start using this resource at any time of the year.

The diary/planner encourages you to think about your discussions with children, your observations and the children’s emerging interests and diaryhow these can lead to new learning. It also has a business diary to assist FDC Educators in their role. It allows you to keep a record of business requirements in one place to be able to access them easily.
This is a useful tool for the valuable work you do to facilitate children’s growing as they become successful learners with a strong sense of well-being and identity, confident and creative individuals, effective communicator and informed citizens.

Click to view some preview pages and to order our diary
https://fdcqld.org/product/perpetual-diary/