2009, English, Archived website
A strategic assessment of the children's services industry [electronic resource] : a paper prepared for the Children's Services Subcommittee of the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council / [Deborah Brennan, Megan Blaxland and Kathy Tannous].
A strategic assessment of the children's services industry a paper prepared for the Children's Services Subcommittee of the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council / [Deborah Brennan, Megan Blaxland and Kathy Tannous].
Tannous, W. Kathy.
Australia. Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council. Children's Services Subcommittee
South Australia. Department of Education and Children's Services
"While in Australia and internationally demand and supply of services for children in their preschool years (ages 0-6) have both grown, there remain areas and groups for whom it is difficult to access child care and preschool. National and international inquiries have called for a national strategy to better coordinate the diversity of services and policies at federal, state and local government levels by state, community and privately operated services. The project aimed to support the development of more strategic approaches to the planning and provision of children’s services in an Australian context." -- SPRC website.
1. Principles and strategies
1.1. A national vision for Australian early childhood education and care
1.2. Public investment in quality services
1.3. Collaborative policy and programme development
1.4. Planning processes to ensure fair and equitable access to services
1.5. Efficient deployment of resources
1.6. Support for parental engagement
1.7. A special focus on Indigenous children
1.8. Measures to support parents as ‘consumers’
1.9. Workforce development
1.10. Research, monitoring and data collection
2. Children’s services in Australia: the current scene
2.1. Economic, social and political significance of the early years
2.2. Historical legacies
2.3. Changing patterns of family life and employment
2.4. Current features. ECEC provision and administration. Key providers. Funding. Affordability. Access to ECEC services. Licensing and regulation. Staff training. Employment conditions
3. International trends / Fran Press
3.1. Learning from other countries
3.2. The OECD principles: a review of policy and research
4. Mixed markets in children’s services
4.1. Market mechanisms in social policy
4.2. Markets in human services
4.5. Affordability and escalating prices
4.6. Free preschool in private centres
Review and analysis of supply and demand data
5.1. The supply of children’s services
5.2. Demand for children’s services
5.3. Observations on demand and supply
5.4. Gaps in ECEC demand and supply data
Appendix A: Innovation in early childhood services
. Appendix B: Geographical distribution of children’s services
FaHCSIA is represented on the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council.
"[This work] was ... managed by the Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australia ... Deborah Brennan, Megan Blaxland and Kathy Tannous from the Social Policy Research Centre ... undertook this work." -- Acknowledgments.
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