Soon we will publish fees, vacancies, quality ratings and inclusions on StartingBlocks.gov.au.
Another round of review consultations is starting now. We’re seeking your feedback on the 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review
StartingBlocks.gov.au is running its radio ad campaign again in early 2021 as a reminder of the benefits of quality early childhood education and care.
Sophie has Just Turned One! Now I Have to Go Back to Work…. Little Sophie just turned one. I really had to go back to work at Stay at Home Mum (in my new role – as the Stay at Home Mum!), but the thought of putting Soph into daycare, the same little girl that has been joined to my hip for 12 months… well I was packing it!
Our family’s start to daycare was a little bumpy. On my son’s first day he was just ten months old. There were ample tears (mine), lots of confusion (mine) and a little bit of anxiety (also mine.)
In retrospect, I can see that my haste to lock in a centre contributed to our problems; my new job required an immediate start. But also when you’re first time parent, daycare is a whole new world.
Let’s face it, mums and dads. Waving goodbye to our little ones on that first day of childcare is thrilling and gut-wrenching.
We’re so proud that our babies are growing up. And we know they are in good hands. But we also feel that mummy ache that might not go away until we get in the car, shed ALL the tears and drive away.
Whether it happens at three months or three years, it’s important for you to feel comfortable about putting your little one in the care of someone else.
One of the decisions many parents feel they need help with is picking the right childcare centre to meet their family’s needs.
The National Quality Framework (NQF), which provides a national approach to regulation of the quality of education and care services across Australia, and impacts your child’s learning and development, is under review.