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 Skills and Employment (DESE) – Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and Care

In Home Care Transitional Provisions

ICPA (Aust) is delighted to inform members that the Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth, has approved an extension of the transitional provisions for In Home Care (IHC) educators working in remote and very remote areas for a further two years, until 31 December 2023.

In Home Care Transitional Provisions

In Home Care

The new In Home Care (IHC) model replaced the old IHC and the Nanny Pilot Program from 2 July 2018, when the New Child Care Package came in.

Information on In Home Care can be found here . Follow this link to access the Revised In Home Care National Guidelines as at August 2020 – Version 1.6.

A recent In Home Care survey was conducted in November 2017 which showed that the new IHC model needed to be more flexible and affordable to suit our families’ needs.

In Home Care Survey November 2017

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