Additional staffing requirement from 1 January 2020

"From 1 January 2020, providers of long day care services and preschools/kindergartens will need to have a second early childhood teacher or, alternatively, a ‘suitably qualified person’ in attendance when 60 or more children preschool age or under are being educated and cared for.

Regulation 133 and 134 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations

For services that provide education and care to 60 or more children preschool age or under but not more than 80 on a given day, the second ECT or suitably qualified person must be in attendance for:

  • at least 3 hours on that day, if the service operates for 50 or more hours a week
  • 30% of the operating hours of the service on that day if the service operates for less than 50 hours
  • OR, be employed for half of the full-time equivalent hours of the service.

For services that provide education and care to 80 or more children preschool age or under on a given day, the second ECT or suitably qualified person must be in attendance for:

  • at least 6 hours on that day, if the service operates for 50 or more hours a week
  • 60% of the operating hours of the service on that day, if the service operates for less than 50 hours
  • OR, be employed full-time."

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