Child care costs to drop

LOCAL child care operators are set to get relief from red tape under the Coalition Government’s National Quality Framework (NQF) legislation.

The NSW government had agreed to streamline the NQF legislation in a bid to reduce childcare operating costs, while also improving affordability and flexibility for parents.

Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the Coalition has a clear position to support high quality child care and early learning, but it needs to be delivered in a way which doesn’t make it too expensive and inaccessible for families.

“The child care sector has told us loud and clear Labor’s increased red tape and regulations are some of the main reasons forcing them to raise fees,” she said.

Some of the proposed changes agreed to were:

• Streamlining and improving waiting times for operators and reduce backlogs;

• Reducing the amount of regulations operators have to comply with;

• Return the right for child care operators to appoint experienced staff to supervisor roles without having to apply for government certification or pay a fee;

• Improved recognition for staff studying a relevant early childhood degree and

• Greater flexibility for the administration of basic first-aid on school sites.

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