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1 Victorian Information Session Quality Assessment and Regulation DivisionAugust 2013
2 Transitional Provisions 2014 On 1 January 2014, a number of transitional provisions in the Children’s Services Regulations 2009 will come into effect for children’s services.These changes apply to:Minimum training requirements for staff members educating and caring for childrenTeaching staff members (standard services only)
3 Definition of staff member In relation to a children’s service, staff member means:A person who is employed or has been appointed or engaged to be responsible for the care or education of children at the children’s serviceNote a staff member who is aged under 18 years must be under the direct supervision of a qualified staff member who is aged 18 years or over (regulation 5).
4 Definition of volunteers A volunteer, in relation to a children’s service, means a person who cares for or educates children at the children’s service in a voluntary or honorary capacity, and includes a student or a person on work experience (regulation 5).Short term or limited hoursFor short term or limited hours services no more than half of the individuals counted in the staff to child ratios may be volunteers (these volunteers must be over 18 years of age).Volunteers may not be counted in the minimum number on staff members on duty (regulation 50).
5 Minimum Training Requirements Standard, limited hours and short term servicesFrom 1 January 2014, each staff member caring for or educating children at a service must meet one of the following requirements (regulation 130):hold a Certificate III in Children’s serviceshold a qualification or has training the secretary is satisfied is substantially equivalent or superior to Certificate III in Children’s Serviceshold a qualification included in the list of approved Certificate III level education and care qualifications published under the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (National Regulations)Be a qualified staff member or a teaching staff memberhold a primary school teaching qualificationIn the case of an early childhood intervention staff member, hold a qualification in a field the Secretary is satisfied is substantially equivalent (regulation 60)
6 Staff to child ratios Limited hours type 1 service A limited hours type 1 service is a service where each child is cared for or educated for not more than two hours a day and not more than a total of six hours a week.for children under three years a child/staff ratio of one staff member or volunteer for every five children or fraction of that numberfor children three years or more, a child/staff ratio of one staff member or volunteer for every 15 children or fraction of that number (section 29A and regulation 55(1)) .
7 Staff to child ratios Limited hours type 2 service A limited hours type 2 service is a service where each child is cared for or educated for not more than five hours a day and not more than a total of 15 hours a week.for children under three one staff member or volunteer for every five children or fraction of that number and one qualified staff member for every 15 children or fraction of that number; andfor children three years or more one staff member or volunteer for every 15 children or fraction of that number and one qualified staff member for every 30 children or fraction of that number (section 29A and regulation 55(2)) .
8 Staff to child ratios Standard service A standard service is a children's service that may care for or educate children under three and children three and over, including school aged children. Places for school aged children can comprise up to 30 per cent of the total number of places.for children under three1 staff member for every 4 children or fraction of that number; and1 qualified staff member for every 12 children or fraction of that number; andfor children are aged three years or more1 staff member for every 15 children or fraction of that number; and1 qualified staff member for every 30 children or fraction of that number (regulation 53).
9 Definition of Teaching Staff member A teaching staff member means a staff member who holds one of the following qualifications (regulation 5):a qualification included in the list of approved early childhood teaching qualifications published under the National Regulationsan early childhood teaching qualification at degree level or above that has been approved by the Secretary and notice of this approval has been given in the Government Gazette.An early childhood teaching qualification at degree level or above that the Secretary is satisfied is substantially equivalent or superior to a qualification which has previously been approved by the Secretary and published in the Government Gazette.
10 Minimum hours of teaching staff educating and caring for children Educating and Caring for 25 or more childrenEducating and caring for fewer than 25 childrenA teaching staff member is caring for or educating children at the standard service or each standard service component for at least the lessor of the following:50% of the time the service is open to care for or educate children; or20 hours per week(regulation 52(1)).The service or each standard service component must have access to a teaching staff member working with the service if they are carrying out activities for the service, including caring for and educating children and planning programs, and they may be doing so by means of information communication technology.(regulation 52a (5(b)).
11 Educator Qualifications Recognised minimum training and qualifications are published at /Pages/vcstrainingquals.aspxAlso recognised are the qualifications published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA).The approved educator qualification lists are:Early childhood teaching qualificationsDiploma qualificationsCertificate III qualificationsThese lists are available at
12 Savings provisions for minimum training The requirement to hold an approved certificate III level qualification does not apply to staff members who have completed professional development in lieu of minimum training (regulations 364 and 366).These staff members were:employed in a licensed children’s service, outside school hours care service or family day care service on 25 May 2009; andemployed in a licensed children’s service, outside school hours service or family day care service continuously for at least five years full-time or ten years part-time in the years immediately prior to 25 May 2009; andcompleted an approved professional development course by 1 January 2012.
13 ExemptionsIf a service cannot meet a requirement of the Victorian Regulations the approved provider may apply for an exemption from the requirement.Exemptions are generally considered where the licensee can demonstrate genuine difficulty in meeting the relevant requirements. All possible ways to meet the requirements should be explored prior to making an application.Applications are considered by the Department with respect to all relevant circumstances of the service.Enquiries may be directed toSometimes the Minister will grant an exemption from a requirement for a group of Victorian children’s services.
14 Maintaining compliance with the Victorian Children’s Services Legislation
15 Assessment NoticesA licensee, primary nominee or nominee currently present and in charge or a children’s service must:read a person’s current working with children assessment notice, orin the case of a registered teacher, check the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registerBefore that person becomes an employee or is otherwise engaged as a staff member of a children’s service (regulation 70)
16 Staff RecordsA children’s service must ensure that each staff member has a staff record (regulation 38).The staff record for staff members must include:their name, address and date of birtha copy of any relevant qualifications or certificates of completed trainingtheir working hoursdetails of training in the administration of an adrenaline auto-injection device and cardio-pulmonary resuscitationDetails of training in first aid and anaphylaxis managementthe date on which the current working with children assessment notice (or VIT registration) was considered by thelicensee, primary nominee or nominee currently present and incharge of the service.
17 Child Enrolment Records The enrolment record for each child must include:The child’s name, address and date of birthName of each parent or guardian with whom the child resides with and details of other guardians if applicabledetails of person to be notified of any incident, trauma or illness involving the childdetails of any court orders related to a child or access to themDetails of persons with lawful authority to take the child outside the premises.Details of any person who has lawful authority to consent to the medical treatment of the child.The language used in the child’s homeThe relevant authorisations set out in regulation 33, and theThe relevant health information set out in regulation 34, such as special needs of the child or other allergies.
18 Medication Records The medication record for each child must include: The child’s nameThe authorisation to administer medicationThe name of medication to be administeredThe time and date the medication was last administeredThe time, date and circumstances in which medication should next be administered.The dosage of medication to be administered.If medication is administered to the child:- the dosage that was administered- the time and date the medication was administered- the name and signature of person who administered themedication- the name and signature of the person who checked the dosageadministered inline with regulation 83.
19 Accident, injury, trauma and Illness record The accident, injury, trauma and illness record must include:Details of any accident, injury or trauma to which a child is subject to while being cared for by the children’s serviceDetails of any illness which becomes apparent while the child is being cared for or educated by the children’s serviceDetails of the action taken by the children’s service in relation to any accident, injury or trauma or illness which a child has sufferedThe name of who was notified of the accident, injury, trauma or illnessThe name of the signature of the person making an entry in the record, andThat this information is recorded as soon as practicable, but not later than 24 hours after the accident, injury, trauma or onset of the illness.
20 Anaphylaxis Management Policy A children’s service must ensure that the service has in place an anaphylaxis management policy that includes:the procedures for training of staffthe practices and procedures to ensure compliance with the children’s service regulationsthat a risk minimisation plan has been developed for each child diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis accessing the servicethat an anaphylaxis medical management plan has been obtained from the parent or guardian of a child diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxisin the instance that a child has an anaphylactic episode, that the medical management plan must be followed.that the risk minimisation plan contains at a minimum matters contained in clause 3, (p166, Children’s Services Regulations)a communication plan contains at a minimum matters contained in clause 4, (p167, Children’s Services Regulations 2009)Practice Note 3: Anaphylaxis Management
21 Information to be displayed A children’s service must ensure the following information is displayed prominently at the main entrance to the premises:the hours and days of operationThe name of licensee, body corporate, representative or providerThe names of all nominees, identifying the primary nomineeAn outline of the recreational or educational programFees charged by the serviceDetails of emergency evacuation proceduresDetails of person to whom complaints can be referred toContact details of the responsible office of the DepartmentA list of information available for inspection under regulation 41Notice of children attending the service that have been diagnosed as at risk of anaphylaxis
23 Resources for Victorian children’s services Information for Victorian children’s services is available on the Department’s website:Fact sheets, including:Assessment or Fit and proper personQualified staff member lunch breakStaff members and staff requirementsVolunteers in licensed children’s servicesFrequently asked questionsNewslettersGuidesPractice NotesFollow the Department on
24 Regulatory Authority in Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentQuality Assessment and Regulation DivisionPh@DEECD