1 - The Department of Education, Training and Employment

Report
National Quality Framework
Educator to child ratios
Podcast Series: 1
February 2012
Presentation overview
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Overview of educator to child ratios
Key changes for services
Mixed aged group ratios
Excursions
Conclusion
Resources
Video
1. Overview of ratios
What has changed?
• First increase to ratios occurring in 2016
• Calculated across the service
• Based on all children under one Service Approval
regardless of room or building configuration
• All educators must hold (or be studying towards) at a
minimum a Certificate III qualification; and
• The first of every two educators must hold (or be
studying towards) a Diploma qualification or above
0-24 mths
25-35 mths
36 mths-school age
Educators
2
2
2
Children
8
12
24
Child Care Act 2002
(Determined by individual rooms)
Educators
Children
6
44
National Quality Framework
(Across the service – under one Service Approval)
1. Overview of ratios
Considerations in determining staffing
• Minimum educator to child ratios are maintained at all
times (section 123)
• Only educators working directly with children are
included in the ratio (section 122)
• Adequate supervision is maintained at all times
(section 120)
• The education, health, safety and wellbeing of children
are paramount
• Outcomes for children – develop relationships with
other children and adults (section 155 – 156)
2. Key changes for services
2012 – 2015
RATIO
2016 – 2017
RATIO
0-24 mths
1:4
0-24 mths
1:4
15-24 mths*
1:5
15-24 mths*
1:5
>24-35 mths
1:6
>30-35 mths
1:8
>24-35 mths
3 yrs <7 yrs
1:12
4 yrs <7 yrs
1:13
36 mths
<school age
4 yrs <14 yrs
1:12
School age**
1:15
Family Day Care
***
1:7
School age**
Family Day Care
****
1 JAN 2018+
RATIO
0-24 mths
1:4
1:5
>24-35 mths
1:5
1:11
36 mths
<school age
1:11
School age**
1:15
Family Day Care
****
1:7
1:15
1:7
‘<‘ means less than and ‘>’ means more than
* Eligible services need to apply to continue using 1:5 ratio from 2012 until 2018
** Means a child enrolled in schooling (Prep onwards) and attending anytime the same calendar year
*** From 2012, the 1:7 ratio cannot include more than four children preschool age or under.
****Includes an educator's own children under school age until 2015 and then all children less than 13 years of age from 2016.
3. Mixed age group ratios
What has changed?
• 1:7 mixed age group ratio no longer exists
• For mixed groups, the relevant ratio for each age group
needs to be maintained
How does this work?
• The ratio of the youngest child in each educator’s
care applies
• Older children can be included in the ratio of younger
children as long as the ratio of the youngest child is
not exceeded
4. Excursions
• There is no explicit ratio for excursions, however
minimum ratios cannot be exceeded
• Prepare a risk assessment and seek authorisation
from parents (Section 100 – 102)
• Only an initial risk assessment is required for regular
outings unless circumstances change (more than
annual)
• Movement to other areas in a school is not an
excursion
5. Conclusion
Things to consider
• Impact on the quality of the program for each child
• Each of the seven quality areas of the National
Quality Standard and desired quality ratings
• Ratios are minimum requirements
• Use professional judgement
• Ensure adequate supervision at all times
6. Resources
1
Guide to the
National Quality
Framework
Australian Children’s
Education and Care Quality
Authority (ACECQA)
www.acecqa.gov.au
Guide to the
National Law
and National
Regulations
2
Page 173 for
Risk Assessment Template
3
Guide to the
National Quality
Standard
Department of Education
and Training
www.det.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood
Fact Sheets
Regional
Officers
Website
Thank you
VIDEO
Click on the
symbol
on the lower right of the screen for a
demonstration on
mixed age group ratios

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