On 31 December 2019, changes to the Education and Care National Regulations 2012 came into effect, which:
- extend the following transitional workforce provisions to 31 December 2023 for services operating in Western Australia:
- r.239A – 'Centre-based services in remote and very remote areas – attendance of early childhood teachers'
- r.240 – 'Qualifications for educators – centre-based services'; and
- r.242 – 'Persons taken to be early childhood teachers'
minor and consequential amendments to support the implementation of the
requirement for centre-based services, that provide education and care for
60 or more children under preschool age, to have either a second Early
Childhood Teacher or a ‘suitably qualified person’ in attendance; and
other minor, technical and consequential amendments.
These amendments will help to address the continued pressures faced by the sector in building a highly skilled early childhood education and care workforce, particularly in rural and remote areas.
In addition, from 1 July 2020, centre-based services in remote and very remote areas that rely on r.239A to fill the requirement for the attendance of a second Early Childhood Teacher, or a Suitably Qualified Person by either:
- by having access to one Early Childhood Teacher for 40 percent of the time that the service provides education and care; or
- by having access to a second Early Childhood Teacher, or a Suitably Qualified Person, for an additional 20 percent of the time that the service provides education and care.
Until these provisions come into effect, services located in remote and very remote areas, who require a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person, will be able to apply to the Education and Care Regulatory Unit for a service waiver.
For more information on the changes please refer to the following ACECQA articles:
Additional staffing requirement from 1 January 2020
Education Council agrees to extend transitional workforce provisions