Changes to the National Regulations from 1 June 2014
Effective from 1 June 2014, the Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2014 introduced a number of changes to the existing regulations. The main amendments include:
- Streamlining the supervisor certificate application process.
- Extending the timeframe for a person who is actively working towards an early childhood teaching qualification to be counted towards early childhood teacher requirements.
- A more practical approach to submission of Quality Improvement Plans for approved providers with a new service.
This information sheet outlines what the changes mean for services in NSW. You can read more on the ACECQA website here.
A significant change for NSW is brought about by the change to Regulation 272 (Amendment 38). This replaces clauses 131-134 (was 131-135). This means NSW providers are now covered by clause 135 “Early childhood teacher illness or absence” whereas previously they were not. This clause allows a service to replace an early childhood teacher who is ill or on leave with an approved diploma qualified or primary teacher qualified person for up to 12 weeks. However, the approved provider still must ensure that staff needed to meet educator to child ratios continue to meet the qualifications requirements under clause 126, in particular that 50% of these educators have at least an approved diploma or above (or be working towards). This means that a primary trained teacher will not meet this requirement unless they also have or are working towards their diploma. This information has been confirmed by DEC.
Education and Care Services National Regulations
The Education and Care Services National Regulations were amended on 1 September 2013. You can download the latest version of the Regulations here.