ACECQA Newsletters

ACECQA’s monthly newsletters highlight the latest news and information on the National Quality Framework and the education and care sector.

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ACECQA Newsletters 2017

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2017

  • Evaluating the National Quality Framework  
  • Australian Children's Laureate 2016-2017: Q&A with Leigh Hobbs
  • Supporting STEM in education and care
  • ACECQA chats with award-nominated early childhood educators
  • Removal of paper-based forms
  • ACECQA's survey of families
  • Annual fee invoices issued

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2017

  • Documentation – Are we there yet?
  • Almost three quarters of services rated Meeting NQS or above
  • Reflection on the Reconciliation Symposium
  • Annual fee invoices
  • Register for workshops in South Australia
  • State and territory winners announced

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2017

  • We improve what we measure
  • Resources to help you understand NQF changes 
  • Occasional Paper released
  • Quality improvement planning in your service
  • Victorian Inclusion Expos
  • ACEL Early Childhood Conference
  • Annual fees coming soon
  • ACECQA Enquiries customer survey 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2017

  • Leading through change
  • Experts discuss parent engagement strategies
  • Registration requirements for Early Childhood Teachers
  • Guidance materials for family day care sector
  • Early Learning STEM Australia pilot program
  • Qualifications guidance updated on ACECQA website

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2017

  • Ministers agree to changes to the NQF
  • How will the approved learning frameworks guide your journey in 2017?
  • Latest updates to online resources
  • Assessment and rating data show continued quality improvement in children’s education and care sector 
  • Quality Practice Workshop registrations open for Queensland 
  • Nominate an inspiring educator
  • New data on ACECQA’s operational activity

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2017

  • Bush Kinder
  • ACECQA Board Chair and Deputy Chair announced
  • New ACECQA CEO appointed
  • Promote your rating to families and the community
  • Quality Practice Workshop registrations open for WA 
  • Ten new services join the Excellent rating list 
  • Minor amendment to National Regulations

ACECQA Newsletters 2016

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 12 2016

  • From soaring towers to inclusive playscapes
  • ACECQA farewells inaugural CEO Karen Curtis
  • How to find a vocational education and training course that is right for you
  • ACECQA’s Occasional Paper 3
  • NQA ITS changes are here
  • New updates to online resources
  • ACECQA Annual Report available online
  • ACECQA online testing activity

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 11 2016

  • Helping families understand quality
  • More than 70% of services rated at Meeting NQS or higher
  • Is technology changing or challenging the way we think?
  • Planning ahead with Starting Blocks
  • 2016 is drawing to a close, let’s celebrate
  • How do you know if you’re qualified?
  • NQA ITS changes are coming

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 10 2016

  • New NQS rating logos for education and care services
  • Building Belonging: A toolkit for early education educators on cultural diversity and responding to racial prejudice
  • ACECQA Board extends recognition as an equivalent early childhood teacher
  • Staffing for quality outcomes for children
  • Launching our new information sheet series
  • Did you miss 'The role of the educational leader' blog series?
  • Nominations open for the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards
  • ACECQA's Reconcilation Action Plan (RAP)
  • National Children's Week
  • SkillsIQ discussion paper and surveys
  • Sponsored educators attend ECA National Conference

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2016

  • Inspiring excellent practice
  • Are you 'taken to be' an Early Childhood Teacher? Changes are coming
  • Did you miss our 'Unpacking the planning cycle' blog series? 
  • New handy fact sheet
  • Productivity Commission releases draft report on early childhood and school education data
  • ACECQA Forum brings sector together

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2016

  • Why are we so afraid to march to the beat of our own drum? 
  • NQF Snapshot shows continuous improvement
  • First impressions count
  • Fact sheet for families
  • National Workshop in ACT
  • Changes to NQA ITS
  • Announcement of ACECQA CEO departure
  • ACECQA's Occasional Paper series
  • National Education and Care Services Ombudsman reappointed 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 7 2016

  • Exploring and connecting with nature
  • Children's rights - are they respected?
  • National Workshops return 2016-17
  • Sniffle season is here...
  • ACECQA speaker requests
  • It's time to slow down, reflect and feel proud
  • ACECQA's operational activity data

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2016

  • Analysing Quality Area 2 - Children's Health and Safety
  • 'A day in the life' - ACECQA's Enquiries team
  • ACECQA chats with three award-nominated early childhood educators
  • Reflecting on your service philosophy
  • Inclusion and Professional Support Program update
  • Recognition of excellence in our sector
  • ACECQA submission to Productivity Commission Education Evidence Base Inquiry
  • New Starting Blocks infographic
  • Annual fee invoices issued

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2016

  • NQF Snapshot includes reassessment data and interactive content
  • Family Day Care Australia release research report
  • Assessment and rating for family day care service providers
  • Developing your QIP
  • Going digital - engaging with families
  • We want to hear your thoughts about ACECQA's social media and newsletter
  • Time is running out for NSW early childhood teachers to become accredited
  • Every Toddler Talking trial
  • National Workshop registrations open for NSW and Victoria
  • Annual Fees

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2016

  • Beyond the Fence – extending children’s experiences outdoors
  • Risk – Testing boundaries
  • Productivity Commission to study how education data is collected and used
  • Starting Blocks launches advanced Find Child Care website functionality
  • Annual fees coming soon
  • Translated information for family day care providers and educators
  • Register for Tasmania and NSW National Workshops
  • National project examines children’s wellbeing
  • One in five children developmentally vulnerable
  • Choosing a training or education provider
  • Universal access to early childhood education

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2016

  • Celebrating diversity at Larapinta Preschool
  • New target to Close the Gap
  • Design and technology in children's education and care
  • Keeping children safe
  • Appointing those in management or control 
  • Renewing your first aid qualification 
  • Top research picks
  • Register for South Australia, Tasmania and NSW workshops
  • Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2016

  • Giving children a voice in their community
  • Planning cultural activities in your service?
  • Calendar for days of cultural significance
  • National Workshops to visit NT, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania
  • Review of training providers
  • Discussion paper on quality of assessment in vocational training
  • NQF continues to set a higher benchmark in children's education and care
  • Professional recognition for NSW early childhood teachers
  • Benefits of intergenerational programs
  • Nominations open for Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2016

  • Sustainability in children's education and care
  • Sharing children's learning
  • Research paper analyses results for Quality Area 1 of the NQS
  • Top research picks
  • National Workshops visit WA and NT 
  • Have you shared Starting Blocks with your families?

ACECQA Newsletters 2015

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 12 2015

  • Celebrate, reflect and plan
  • A smooth transition from pre-school to school
  • How ratios are calculated
  • Does your service have a complaints handling strategy?
  • Administrative burden for services decreasing over time
  • ACECQA’s annual report available online
  • Submissions open on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
  • Incorporating inclusion in your programs
  • ACECQA has moved

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 11 2015

  • Run your own workshop using ACECQA's new webcast
  • Educator qualification requirements
  • What to do if a serious incident happens at your service
  • Improved ratios to start 1 January 2016
  • New data highlights emerging trends in early childhood education and care services
  • A journey of embedding culturally inclusive practice
  • Play-based learning and intentional teaching
  • 2015-16 National Workshops

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 10 2015

  • The transition to school
  • Meeting new educator to child ratios 
  • Empowering children - National Children's Week 2015
  • Embracing the assessment and rating process
  • ACECQA's National Consistency Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-16
  • New Starting Blocks infographics
  • Professional recognition for NSW ECTs

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2015

  • Benefits of higher educator to child ratios
  • ACE your approach to assessment and rating
  • Out with the old - transitional regulations ending 31 December 2015
  • ACT National Workshop
  • Role of dispositions when a child transitions to school 
  • What to consider if your service has volunteers or students on placement 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2015

  • Getting ready for new educator to child ratios
  • Making sure your service meets state and territory legislation requirements
  • NQF Snapshot shows almost two-thirds of services assessed and rated
  • Notice period for family day care educator visits
  • National Workshops wrap up
  • The young and the old - seeing the world through each other's eyes

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 7 2015

  • Using digital touch technologies to support children's learning 
  • Sharing culture through stories
  • Opening a new service 
  • Free AEDC resources
  • Establishing healthy lifestyle habits 
  • ACECQA chats with award-nominee Queensland family day care educator
  • ACECQA National Workshops come to Queensland
  • New podcast series on documentation

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2015

  • New podcast series on documentation
  • Be part of Reconciliation
  • Starting Blocks - the guide to early education and care for new parents and families
  • Developing a culture of reflective practice
  • Registration for Early Childhood Teachers  
  • Including every child
  • National workshops visit Queensland
  • Australian Familiy Early Education and Care Awards announced

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2015

  • The great outdoors and the role of play in sustainability
  • How do we document - Albury Out of School Hours
  • Mixed age ratios in centre-based services
  • Annual fees due
  • New online module on qualification assessments
  • Keeping it on the record
  • ACECQA's national workshops coming to Queensland
  • NQF Snapshot Q1 2015 released

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2015

  • Families' first steps into early childhood education and care
  • Sharing information with families about the NQF
  • Keeping it on the record
  • Growing and learning with Amata Anangu Preschool
  • How to have your service's rating reviewed
  • Annual fees
  • Victorian registration for early childhood teachers
  • Getting started online with the NQA IT System
  • Review of the National Partnership Agreement update
  • Registrations open for NSW national workshops
  • Tickets on sale for the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards Gala

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2015

  • Evaluating wellbeing, development and learning in OSHC
  • Reviewing your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) 
  • Driving Miss Daisy…Safely 
  • Screen time – getting the balance right
  • Safe sleeping practices  
  • H is for Harmony Day 
  • NQF video resources 
  • Nominate for the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2015

  • Sector Snapshot shows NQF continues to drive improvement
  • A quick guide to your assessment and rating visit  
  • Paperwork for services reducing overtime
  • What do I need to display?
  • Glossary of terms from the Frameworks
  • Building a reflective culture at your service
  • On the road: 2015 National Workshops on educational program and practice
  • Nominations open for Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Productivity Commission final report released

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2015

  • Hot topic: Authorised officers
  • Educator qualifications
  • Who do I ask?
  • Plan your adventure
  • Service health check
  • Promoting your service's quality rating
  • 2015 National Workshop dates
  • Service statement of philosophy

ACECQA Newsletters 2014

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 16 2014

  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Have your say on the Regulation Impact Statement
  • Western Australia makes national regulation amendments
  • Tips for the Christmas and New Year break
  • National Workshops wrap up for 2014 
  • ACECQA Newsletter survey results are in
  • ACECQA's 2013-14 annual report published 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 15 2014

  • One giant leap together
  • Understanding educator-to-child ratios
  • Regulation Impact Statement consultation sessions continue
  • Do you need to apply for a waiver? 
  • ACECQA's National Workshops visit Canberra 
  • Can we help you? 
  • ACECQA's latest NQF Snapshot now available 
  • Reminder: ACECQA Newsletter survey - we want to hear from you

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 14 2014

  • Be part of Regulation Impact Statement consultation sessions

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 13 2014

  • National Children's Week
  • National Workshops kick off in Tasmania
  • More services join the Excellent rating list
  • New Board for ACECQA
  • ACECQA Newsletter survey - we want to hear from you 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 12 2014

  • ACECQA responds to Productivity Commission's draft report 
  • Food for thought
  • Reviewing your service's first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis qualifications
  • New Educational Leader web page 
  • Notifying about a serious incident 
  • ACECQA awards ACT's first Excellent rating 
  • Scheduled maintenance for the NQA ITS
  • Reminder: ACECQA National Workshops 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 11 2014

  • Latest NQF Snapshot shows services continue to meet and exceed higher standards 
  • National Workshop series launched
  • One, two what can we do? Exploring literacy and numeracy with young children
  • Embedding cultural competence in everyday practice
  • New Ministerial Advisory Council announced
  • Number of Excellent services continues to grow
  • Reminder individual supervisor certificates no longer required 
  • ACECQA and ECA join forces to demystify documentation 
  • Read our blog post on the importance of qualifications 
  • Have your say on Productivity Commission draft report 

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 10 2014 

  • What does it mean to be culturally competent?
  • Need some help in understanding what it means to be culturally competent?
  • NAIDOC Week 6-13 July 2014
  • Services continuing to excel
  • What's new?
  • Regulatory authorities issue new service supervisor certificates

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2014

  • Taking an active role in the environment and promoting a sustainable future
  • Setting the bar for sustainability
  • World Environment Day
  • Resources supporting Quality Area 3: Physical Environment
  • Are you qualified? Try our new online Qualifications Checker
  • Lead assessor workshop at ACECQA
  • We Hear You
  • 2014 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards Winners
  • Annual fee invoices issued

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2014

  • Reminder: amendments to the National Regulations are now in effect
  • Be part of the 2014 NQF review consultation sessions

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 7 2014

  • Changes to the National Regulations
  • 2014 NQF Review
  • NQF Snapshot Q1 2014 released
  • Medical conditions policy
  • Long Day Care Professional Development Programme
  • Australia Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • ACECQA visits Tasmania

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2014

  • Ministers agree on changes to support NQF implementation
  • More flexible timeframes for assessment and rating
  • New and updated resources for your assessment and rating
  • The assessment and rating report template
  • What to expect from your assessment and rating visit