Useful Links and Resources for Early Childhood Education and Care families

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Useful Links and Resources

Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Department of Education -
Preschool Reform Agreement

In Home Care Transitional Provisions

The In Home Care Transitional Provisions are expiring Dec 31 2023. ICPA (Aust) has raised this with the Minister for Early Childhood Education and Care the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, requesting a further extension to accommodate those provisions until the review of the IHC program is finalised. The Minister's office is aware of the expiration and assured us they're considering the issue. 

In Home Care

Families need to ask their provider about the transitional provisions.

IHC Guidelines Version 1.7

The National Quality Framework

Universal access ensures that a quality preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) is available for all children in the year before full-time school. ICPA is seeking to ensure this occurs for all rural and remote children.The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services across Australia

Little Ripples

Things you say to children can have a ripple effect that influences the way they see themselves and their future.

That’s why the National Careers Institute (NCI) has teamed up with the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) to develop ‘Little Ripples’, providing parents and carers with a series of fun activities and games they can use at home to start a positive conversation with their children.

Little Ripples is about helping to broaden children’s aspirations, address gender biases, open doors and show children the vast range of possibilities open to them.

Research suggests that children are already starting to make subconscious decisions about their future and opportunities from as young as seven. This is why it’s important to start creating the right Little Ripples early, helping to shape children’s future happiness, lives and careers.

For more information on Little Ripples, or to download the Little Ripples toolkit, visit