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Monday, October 12, 2009

More public access to information about child care centres catching

This report for the Department of Community Services on NSW childcare centres wouldn't give parents great confidence in childrens' safety in the system, but a tick in any event for those who decided the report should be publicly available. The report made other recommendations but none about how more transparency might promote better compliance with the law and standards. Minister for Community Services Linda Burney however told Andrew Clennell of the Sydney Morning Herald about new legislation to be introduced that will toughen up the compliance regime including powers "to name and shame centres that do the wrong thing.'' Queensland and NSW are now both on the job on this one.

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