Fears over inadequate childcare

The Press 20 April 2009

Half of under-two-year-olds in early childhood care are at centres falling short of official standards, the Education Review Office says. The agency has completed an eight-part series of reports advising parents on early childhood education options. The reports show many aspects of early childhood education are in good health.

The 33 playcentre associations were praised for their “typically attractive, stimulating and carefully organised” environments, and kindergartens, which had 23 per cent of toddlers enrolled in early childhood education, were of good to high quality. But concerns were raised about the quality of education and care at infant and toddler centres. There were also questions about home-based childcare, where a third of centres did not meet compliance standards and 75 per cent of centres needed to improve assessment practice.