Child Care Centres
Child Care Centres
Childcare centres and its operation have strict regulations that childcare owners must comply with.
In New South Wales, the requirements for compliance for child care centres is outlined under the Children (Education and Care Services) Act 2010 (NSW) and the National Quality Framework (“Framework”) administered by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (“ACECQA”).
Types of Childcare Services
There are several child care services and centre types. These include:
What licences and approvals do I need?
All childcare owners are required to obtain approval and certificates for the following:
In addition to the approvals and certificates, owners will be required to pass an evaluation which covers the following issues:
Owners must then satisfy with the Department of Education that they are qualified and a fit and proper person to operate a childcare business.
This includes further interviews and checks, including:
Further Approvals from and Local Government and Council
Childcare centres will require development approval from Council. Along with the application, the following supporting documents must be provided:
Considerations must be also made depending on the location of the premises.
These considerations include:
Childcare owners must comply with strict requirements in relation to food hygiene and preparation and health.
Food Hygiene and Preparation
All employees and owners must be aware of the food hygiene and preparation standards outlined by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (“FSANZ”).
The standards include, but are not limited to:
They must also comply with the strict requirements of the handling and preparation of food to ensure that they are compliant with the hygiene standards and food safety guidelines.
All employees and owners must be aware of the strategies and reporting requirements in place on how to deal with children who come to childcare ill or become ill whilst at the centre. The standards are regulated by the Australian Department of Health.