Parents will be able to access ratings of their local child care centres on the MyChild website from this year.
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, Kate Ellis said making child care ratings available for parents was a key part of the new National Quality Framework (NQF) to lift the standard of child care across Australia.
“We are lifting the standard of child care across Australia because we believe parents deserve peace of mind that when they drop their children off to child care they are getting quality care to a high standard,” Ms Ellis said.
MyChild website to post ratings
“We recognise the first years of a child’s life are crucial to their development.
“That’s why governments of all political persuasions signed up to the reforms to lift the standard of child care across Australia.”
Ms Ellis said it was for that reason that the Child Care Rebate had been increased - so more families had access to affordable child care.
“In its first year, the NQF is already providing children with better care, more highly qualified educators, and more one-on-one time with their educator,” she said.
“More than 1.3 million Australian children are now receiving better quality child care in centres across Australia.
“Each centre across Australia will be individually assessed and their progress towards meeting the new national standards will be published on the MyChild website for parents to access.”
Ms Ellis said the NQF was being implemented gradually until 2020, to ensure services had enough time to adjust to the new requirements.