Childcare places stable

Childcare places in Eden will not change under new legislation covering after school and school holiday care, however program and centre managers say preparations have been both time consuming and expensive.

Dr Sheralyn Campbell, council’s director of children’s services said the services most affected by the new legislation were those that catered for school age children.

She said unlike early childhood services, the services for older children had not been regulated in this way before and now must follow strict procedures when it comes to premises and staff, children’s health and safety, physical environment and records.

“Children’s services have always been regulated in New South Wales. The services most affected are those that are for school age children,” she said.

“But for the last two years we have been making that transition, and we’ve been training and improving staff ratios too.”

Dr Sheralyn runs the Eden Child Care Centre which earned a high quality rating of almost 100 per cent from the National Childcare Accreditation Council in 2010.

She believes the changes would be beneficial for the industry and for children.

“It will benefit the industry and everybody speaks highly of its intentions,” she said.

“It ensures the care and protection of our children is of the highest standard.”

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