Safety is everything in childcare, according to Australian parents

Research shows when families pick an early childhood education and care service, children’s safety is their topmost priority.

Centre managers have the responsibility to employ people who are safe to be working with children. No-one wants to be confronted with an unthinkable situation where children in their care have been subject to child abuse.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) released its final report of the Families Qualitative Research Project, which confirms that parents are most concerned about the safety and physical wellbeing of their children in early childhood education and care services.

In general, parent communities are more alert than before to the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Recent headlines about arrest and prosecution of teachers, coaches and religious figures have played a big role in making parents more aware of child safety. Our communities are incredibly porous and hyperconnected now, thanks to technology and social media. Any gap in compliance or perceived lack of adequate care for children or other vulnerable people gets talked about. This can have an immediate impact on the reputation of an organisation in the communities.

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The review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for the early childhood education and care sector will further raise the profile of questions around the overall service quality, and the safety and wellbeing of children. Public awareness of protection-oriented terms such as Working with Children Checks (WWCC), safeguarding, duty of care and accreditation is at an all-time high.

When it comes to protecting children, make your Early Learning Centre an example for others to follow

The administrative burden on the early education sector to comply with accreditations and processes risks leading to a focus on attaining minimum compliance, rather than exceeding compliance to maximise safety and security of children.

Compliance requirements have increased your administration load, but it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Dutyof.care can automate some essential Early Childhood Education and Care administrative tasks. Moving important but time-consuming manual tasks such as regularly validating Teaching Accreditations or Working with Children Checks to an automated platform can give teams like yours more time to focus on more important things.

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This is what our customers are saying

Our School is proud to partner with dutyof.care to strengthen the Working with Children Check framework and continue our journey towards exceptional child safety practices.
- Geelong Grammar School, August 2019
Southern Cross Kids Camps interrupts the cycle of abuse and neglect by conducting 5-day camping programs. Duty of Care has taken us to a new level in not only ensuring our volunteers are appropriately credentialed, but is saving us hours in doing so. We love partnering with Duty of Care to help keep kids safe! These guys are champions!
- Peter Lusk, General Manager Southern Cross Kids Camps, March 2020
Gymnastics in Australia is committed to the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of all children accessing our programs and services, with signed commitment statements by the GA President and all member State and Territory Association presidents alongside a commitment statement co-signed by the Gymnastics Australia CEO and the Executive Directors of all State and Territory Associations. These two documents and the actions surrounding them along with our strategic alliance with dutyof.care combine to put Gymnastics Australia ahead of the curve for child safety and preventing harm.
- Brooke Irvine - National Child Safety Manager, Gymnastics Australia, April 2020

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