ACECQA Newsletters

ACECQA's Newsletters have the latest news and information on the National Quality Framework and the children's education and care sector. You can find editions of the ACECQA Newsletter below in Resources.

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ACECQA Newsletters 2014

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

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2014

  • Harmony Day
  • Reviewing your Quality Improvement Plan
  • Authorised officer training
  • Two children’s education and care services that have been awarded the Excellent rating

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2014

  • Queensland services demonstrating excellence
  • Second tier review decisions available
  • Online resources for your service
  • Jindi Woraback’s QIP encourages children to contribute

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2014

  • NQF Mythbusters
  • How to promote your service’s rating
  • New posters for Outside School Hours Care services

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2014

  • NQF continues to raise quality standards
  • First Outside School Hours Care service rated Excellent
  • Productivity Commission Inquiry
  • New NQF posters translated
  • Tips to use new online qualifications tool

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2014

  • Wynnum Family Day Care awarded Excellent rating
  • ACECQA introduces its first National Education Leader
  • Report of cutting NQF ‘red tape’ published
  • Wave II Regulatory Burden Survey launch
  • WA amendments to the National regulations effective from 31 Dec 2013

ACECQA Newsletters 2013

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 22 2013

  • First Excellent rating awarded in NSW
  • Fast Facts – 2014 qualification requirements
  • Will you meet 2014 qualifications requirement?  Need to apply for a waiver?
  • Improved educator to child ratios
  • 2013 Achievements

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 21 2013

  • Sector comes together at ACECQA Forum
  • Ministers agree to NQF operational changes
  • Fast Facts – 2014 qualification requirements
  • Will you meet 2014 qualifications requirements?  Need to apply for a waiver?
  • NQF Conference video resources

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 20 2013Consistency edition

  • New ratings chart launched
  • New online tools to help with qualifications
  • NQF Conference Consistency breakout sessions
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Excellence Tour in Western Australia

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 19 2013Quality edition

  • ACECQA’s latest NQF snapshot now available
  • More NQF Conference resources online
  • Early Years Learning Framework translated
  • Your choice of guidelines for managing health issues

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 18 2013Excellence edition

  • ACECQA’s Excellence Tour kicks off in South Australia
  • Could you be Excellent?
  • NQF Conference resources

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 17 2013

  • NQF Conference resources
  • Educators seminar in South Australia
  • Let’s Read poster series

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 16 2013Qualifications edition

  • New educations and care qualifications
  • New ECT qualifications
  • New prescribed units for educators to be ‘actively working towards’ an ECT qualification
  • Levelling overseas qualifications
  • Updated list of approved certificate III competencies
  • ACECQA’s qualification assessment guidelines

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 15 2013Special Conference edition

  • NQF Conference opens
  • Excellent tour coming to a town near you
  • Conference dinner
  • Breakout sessions
  • Great ideas showcase
  • First four Excellent rated services celebrated
  • Keynote addresses
  • Scholarship delegates enjoying NQF Conference
  • New NQF Video resources available

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 14 2013

  • Australia’s first Excellent rated services
  • Could your service be Excellent?
  • NQF Conference resources
  • New Infant Sale Sleeping Child Care Kit
  • Teacher registration requirements
  • NQF Conference news

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 13 2013

  • Qualification requirements for 2014
  • Early childhood teacher changes for 2014
  • Do you think your services will need a waiver?

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 12 2013

  • Amendments to the National Regulations to come into effect 1 September 2013
  • Guest post: Montessori and our NQF Journey
  • Communicating with families

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 11 2013

  • ACECQA’s latest NQF Snapshot now available
  • NQF Conference Delegate Scholarship and Travel Assistance
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
  • HECS-HELP Benefit

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 10 2013

  • ACECQA visits Western Australia
  • NQF poster available in other languages
  • ACECQA celebrates NAIDOC week
  • Reminder: submitting application and notification forms
  • ACECQA’s working relationships
  • Did you know: qualification assessment

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2013

  • Last chance for conference tickets
  • Five fast facts: qualification requirements for 2014
  • Early childhood teacher changes for 2014

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2013

  • New posters and postcards for services
  • Annual invoices arriving soon
  • Guest post: Embracing natural spaces and communicating with families
  • New services desk for the National IT System
  • New application forms for qualification assessments

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 7 2013Special edition

  • Sharing the NQF story – early bird registration
  • Workshop session snapshot
  • Keynote presenters

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2013

  • National registers now available
  • ACECQA’s first quality snapshot
  • Five fast facts: national registers
  • Apply now for the Excellent rating
  • Mandatory display of ratings at services
  • New information resources for services

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2013

  • National registers coming soon
  • What else happens when the National Law is proclaimed?
  • When did you last update your Quality Improvement Plan?
  • Excursions in school holidays
  • Research project underway

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2013

  • ACECQA in Melbourne
  • Committee formed to shape ACECQA research agenda
  • The role of waivers in the NQF
  • Hot topic: is a ‘learning book’ a record that must be kept?
  • Guest post: lead assessors

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2013

  • ACECQA Forum brings sector together
  • Did you know? Hard copies of the National Law and Regulations
  • Study into administrative costs
  • Hot topic: educational leader
  • Blog post: regulation in children’s education and care services
  • New National Children’s Commissioner

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2013

  • Lead assessor training at ACECQA
  • Updates to qualification lists
  • Five fast facts: assessment and rating
  • New edition of Staying Healthy in Child Care
  • Did you know? Service ratings

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2013

  • Building on 2012: keeping QIPs up to date
  • NQF updates for 2013 and beyond
  • Guest post: family day care assessment visit
  • Excellent rating guidelines out now
  • More application forms online than ever before

ACECQA Newsletters 2012

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 20 2012

  • What’s new in 2013 – first aid anaphylaxis and emergency asthma requirements

ACECQA newsletter Issue 19 2012

  • ACECQA signs ‘Commitment to Young Australians’
  • Guest post: assessment visit – what is it like?
  • Hot topic: record of working directly with children
  • Did you know? Extra children attending special events
  • Reminder: who do I ask?

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 18 2012

  • Hot topic: what are the functions of authorised officers?
  • Submitting application forms online
  • New emergency asthma management courses

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 17 2012

  • Five fast facts: Family Day Care
  • Guest post: Communicating with families
  • Have your day on training packages
  • Did you know? Service Directors
  • Winners of Child Care Week art competition

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 16 2012

  • Change to assessment criteria for ECT qualifications
  • New and updated information sheets on website
  • Guest post: Robyn Monro Miller at the UN
  • Assessment visits in school holidays
  • Hot topic: Celebrating Christmas

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 15 2012

  • ACECQA launces Family News
  • Communicating with families
  • Do waivers affect quality ratings?
  • Newsletter survey – Feedback

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 14 2012

  • National Quality Standards raise the bar
  • Guest post: Our journey to date – the assessment process
  • Guidelines to review service ratings
  • About the ratings review panel
  • Did you know? National Quality Agenda IT System
  • Early Education and Care awards – Nominations open
  • National Quality Framework Conference 2013

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 13 2012

  • Five fast facts: Australian qualifications
  • QIPs – supporting the process at a local level
  • Hot topic: educator or early childhood teacher?
  • Did you know? Qualifications
  • New FAQs: waivers

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 12 2012

  • Excellent rating criteria
  • ACECQA Forum
  • When is an incident ‘serious’?
  • New anaphylaxis courses
  • NQA IT System launched
  • Overseas qualifications
  • Did you know? Staff working continuously for over 15 years

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 11 2012

  • Coming soon – National Quality Agenda IT system
  • ACECQA Forum
  • Guest post: tackling the NQS, how the UCCS management team met the challenge
  • NSW information sessions
  • Application forms updated
  • Hot topic: qualifications for cooks
  • Did you know? Western Australia Certified Supervisor Certificates

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 10 2012

  • New phone number for ACECQA
  • Fines under the National Law and Regulations
  • Hot topic: is my qualification still valid
  • Five fast facts: Certified supervisors

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2012

  • The ACECQA Forum
  • 1300 4 ACECQA Service Desk Team coming in-house
  • Guest post: taking parents along for the NQF journey
  • First feedback: assessment visits
  • Hot topic: How do I get my qualifications assessed?
  • FAQ – is there a list of policies and procedures that services must have under the National Regulations?
  • Training update
  • Did you know? How to check if your qualification is approved

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2012

  • When to report a serious incident
  • The Education and Care Network in the ACT
  • Assessment and rating process: What to expect after the visit
  • Did you know? First aid kits
  • FAQ: What information needs to be kept in staff records? Do I need to keep records for relief staff?
  • Hot topic: What is the role of the Educational leader
  • New guidelines released
  • Inclusion and Professional Support Program grants announced for 2013-2016

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 7 2012

  • What the new ratings mean for you
  • Educators’ guide launched
  • Assessment and rating process: What to expect during the visit
  • Family day care FAQ – do I need to have the child restrains in my vehicle checked by a professional?
  • Hot topic: Adequate Supervision
  • Qualification Assessments – New FAQs
  • Highlight – National Quality Standard 3.3

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 6 2012

  • Assessment and rating resources
  • ACECQA events
  • Excellent Rating Criteria update
  • Assessment and rating process: What to expect before the visit
  • Hot topic: does the nominated supervisor always have to be present at a centre-based service?
  • On sale now – NQF Resource Kit
  • Try ACECQA PDFs on iBooks

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 5 2012

  • QIP Tips
  • Hot topic: who can sign a form?
  • Did you know? Ratios for excursions
  • Outside School Hours Care

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 4 2012

  • Minor changes to application and notification forms
  • Hot topic: first aid, anaphylaxis emergency asthma
  • Defining ‘children over preschool age’
  • Highlight – National Quality Standard 6.3.4

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2012

  • Application forms now available for Approval of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Update on asthma and anaphylaxis training
  • Hot topic: outside school hours care qualifications
  • Regulation highlight – getting parents’ authorisation
  • The meaning of serious incident

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 2 2012

  • Stepping up to qualifications
  • Hot topic: who can advertise an education and care service
  • Supervisor Certificate forms – which form should I use?
  • Quality Improvement Plan

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 2012

  • Give your feedback – Excellent rating criteria
  • Assessment of Early Childhood Qualifications
  • Supervisors and officers
  • ACECQA News and Media
  • Download ACECQA resources faster

ACECQA Newsletters 2011

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 1 Dec 2011

  • Latest information available from ACECQA
  • ACECQA Excellent rating – have your say
  • Application and notification forms for 2012 online now
  • ACECQA gets ready for 2012
  • Qualifications lists now available