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Community gets behind push for child care accreditation



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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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1 December 1992 PS425/92

COMMUNITY GETS BEHIND PUSH FOR CHILD CARE ACCREDITATION

The community was to be commended for its enthusiastic support of child care accreditation, the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said today.

Mr Staples was speaking at the launch of a series of Victorian quality care forums, organised by Community Child Care, Victoria, to take place on December 1, 7 and 9 .

The forums will provide parents and child care centre staff with the opportunity to hear representatives of the private and community-based sectors and parents express their views on quality care.

"Initiatives such as this illustrate the community's ability to focus on the real issue - ensuring children have access to quality child care, for the up to eight to ten hours a day, 50 weeks of the year they spend in care," Mr Staples said.

"The Federal Government worked closely with the child care industry for two years to develop an accreditation system which has the support of the industry and the community."

Mr Staples said accreditation offered parents and staff a unique opportunity to work in partnership - to get to know their centre, to recognise and affirm its strengths, and to improve areas of weakness.

"Accreditation benefits parents, staff and children alike," he said.

"The majority within the child care industry recognise this because they can see the benefits that accreditation will provide."

Mr Staples said participation by child care centres in the accreditation process would be a good indicator of a centre's commitment to improving the quality of care in a partnership with parents.

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"Accreditation is about providing better care for children, and about ensuring parents have the information and opportunity to support and choose quality care," he said.

"We now have ready an accreditation system - developed with extensive industry and community consultation - which reflects Australia's social and cultural diversity, which recognises the needs and rights of children to experience quality care and the need to contain costs within the

industry.

"Let's get behind it."

Contact; Bettina Cruise (06) 289 3768

LAUNCH OF COMMUNITY CHILD CARE VICTORIA QUALITY OF CARE CAMPAIGN

7.30PM TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER 1992 IVANHOE PRIMARY SCHOOL WATERDALE ROAD MELBOURNE