According to data released by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, almost a quarter of childcare services failed to meet new health and safety standards.
The data from the group also suggests that more than a third of the childcare services did not meet the new standard for educational program and practices. Overall, only 55 percent of about 2000 child and family care centers assessed in Australia meet or exceed the new quality standard. These include long day care, outside school hours care, family day care, and preschools.
”The new national assessment and ratings system certainly raises the bar on quality,” said Authority chairwoman Rachel Hunter. ”The goal is to work with services to achieve continuous improvement.”
Hunter said that the new standards, which were introduced last year, were set high intentionally to improve childcare education services in Australia.