The purpose of the Review of Home-based ECE is to consider what is and is not working in home-based ECE. The Review is evaluating the current rules and guidelines to determine what might need to change. The aim is to better support quality education outcomes for children and to assure parents with children in home-based ECE that their children are receiving quality education and care.
This discussion document outlines two broad goals of the Review, with proposed options for change grouped under each goal:
The home-based ECE sector has changed significantly since it was first regulated in the early 1990s. At that time it was small and community-based. Home-based ECE is the fastest growing part of the early learning sector, and there are now a number of large home-based ECE providers with a variety of operating models. Many of the regulatory settings have remained unchanged since this time, despite the sector now looking very different. So now is the right time to consider whether funding and regulations are still fit for purpose.
Research strongly suggests that the benefits of ECE depend on the quality of the service. Not much is known about how effective home-based ECE is in delivering quality education outcomes for children. And there also isn’t a lot of research that specifically looks at education and care delivered in a home setting.
This discussion paper explores some of the changes we are considering to improve the quality of home-based ECE. The Government wants to understand the views of all those with an interest in home-based ECE and get feedback on the proposed changes. Nothing has been decided yet.
We are particularly interested in hearing from educators in the home-based ECE sector, and would like to know how the proposed changes might affect them.