NSW’s Worst Childcare Centres Revealed
- All Ages
Recent statistics released by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority have revealed some of the worst childcare centres in NSW.
The annual National Quality report has once again put NSW childcare providers under the spotlight in a stringent performance review with a number of centres not meeting the state standard.
NSW Childcare Rankings
Each year, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority assesses childcare providers on seven key quality care areas: educational program and practice; children’s health and safety; physical environment; staffing arrangements; relationships with children; collaborative partnerships with families and communities; and governance and leadership.
Of the childcare providers to receive the lowest ranking, the regulatory authority deemed their performance an “unacceptable risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of any child.”
The Lowest Ranked Childcare Centres in NSW
The 2021 NSW childcare rankings have provided telling insights into a handful of NSW childcare centres that have failed to meet the requirements and thus received a “significant improvement required” ranking. The full list can be viewed in the Daily Telegraph Childcare ranking tool.
Now that these NSW childcare rankings have been released, centres that have received unsatisfactory reviews are now given the opportunity to rectify their performance through a Quality Improvement Plan. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority will continue to review and assess these plans and performances.
The Highest Ranked Childcare Centres in NSW
It's not all bad news! Childcare centres in NSW rated as 'exceeding' the national quality framework have also been put under the spotlight as some of the best childcare centres in NSW. KU Phillip Park Children’s Centre in Woolloomooloo is one such centre and, according to Centre director, Naomi Halliday, "It is a lot of work in the assessment process - but it is important to ensure quality childhood education for all children." [source: Daily Telegraph]
What is Your Childcare Centre's Ranking?
On the whole, 2021 has seen an uptick in the overall performance of NSW childcare providers with the number of centres receiving a rating of “working towards” dropping to 44 per cent in the past two years.
If you’d like to check out the rating of any childcare provider in NSW, you can access the Daily Telegraph's childcare ranking tool or visit the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority website.
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