Residual Early Childhood Services

In-home care services

According to the

Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Regulations 2011,

an in-home care service is defined as:

a service (not being a service that is an education and care service within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia)) providing:

  • a service comprising the provision of care to children in their own homes in the temporary absence of the children’s parents or guardians;
  • a service comprising the introduction of parents or guardians of children to a person who will care for the children in their own homes in the temporary absence of the children’s parents or guardians,

other than a service comprising—

  • a personal arrangement (within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia)); or
  • a person engaged by a parent or guardian of a child to baby sit the child in the child’s home; or
  • a baby sitting, playgroup or child minding service that is organised informally by the parents of the children concerned; or
  • care provided to a child by a person in accordance with a parenting order under the Family Law Act 1975 or Family Court Act 1997 of the Commonwealth; or
  • care provided to a child in accordance with an approval under the Children’s Protection Act 1993.

 

The Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia (‘the Board’) has recently approved the South Australian Standards for In-Home Care Services to be effective from 1 July 2014.

The standards were developed in consultation with in-home care providers during 2013. They form a set of operational requirements that an approved provider of an in-home care service must comply with as a condition on their service approval in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Regulations 2011.

SA Standards for In-Home Care Services

The South Australian Standards for In-Home Care Services form a set of operational requirements that approved providers and in-home carers must comply with as a condition on their service approval. The following document provides a guide for approved providers and in-home carers to the requirements of the Standards and includes useful links for reference to support application of the requirements.

SA Standards for In-Home Care Services Information Booklet – April 2015

The following checklist details the requirements of the South Australian Standards for In-Home Care Services. An approved provider of an in-home care service is required to complete the checklist and return it to the Board upon request in preparation for any ongoing monitoring and compliance visits to be conducted by Authorised Officers of the Board.

SA Standards for In-Home Care Services Checklist

In-Home Care – Hazard Identification Checklist

 

Occasional care services

According to the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Regulations 2011, an occasional care service is defined as:

a service (not being a service that is an education and care service within the meaning of the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia)) comprising the care for fee or reward in a place other than a child’s home of 4 or more children of preschool age or younger is an occasional care service (however, such a service will be taken not to be an occasional care service if a parent or guardian of the children remains on site and is available to care for their child if required).

Instrument

In accordance with regulation 16 of the State Regulations, the Board has developed the Instrument that details the record-keeping requirements for Occasional Care and Mobile Care services. The Instrument outlines key requirements relating to the:

  • documents that must be kept;
  • the availability of documents;
  • accuracy of documents;
  • confidentiality of documents; and
  • storage of documents.

The record-keeping requirements outlined in the Instrument are mandatory and a breach of the requirements is an offence under the National Law. In accordance with section 175 of the Education and Care Services (National Law) (South Australia) (the National Law) the prescribed documents must be made available for inspection by an authorised officer of the Board.

Instrument of Record Keeping Requirements Occasional Care and Mobile Care Services

Flow chart

A decision making flow chart has been developed to assist the early childhood services sector to define an occasional care service in South Australia. The flow chart will enable prospective providers to determine if the service they intend to provide is an occasional care service. An occasional care service is a service that is regulated under the Education and Early Childhood Service (Registration and Standards) Act 2011. The flow chart has been developed as guidance only. Please refer to the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011, the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations or seek further advice if necessary.

Occasional Care Flow Chart

 

Rural and mobile care services

According to the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Regulations 2011, a rural and mobile service is defined as:

rural community means a community located outside of metropolitan Adelaide (within the meaning of the Development Act 1993).

The following kinds are rural and mobile care services:

(a) a service comprising the care, in a community venue in a rural community, of not more than 7 children at a particular time, of whom—

(i) not more than 4 are children under school age; and

(ii) not more than 3 are school age children;

 (b) a service providing care to children of preschool age or under at multiple locations and that transports its equipment and materials to those locations.

Instrument

In accordance with regulation 16 of the State Regulations, the Board has developed the Instrument that details the record-keeping requirements for Occasional Care and Mobile Care services. The Instrument outlines key requirements relating to the:

  • documents that must be kept;
  • the availability of documents;
  • accuracy of documents;
  • confidentiality of documents; and
  • storage of documents.

The record-keeping requirements outlined in the Instrument are mandatory and a breach of the requirements is an offence under the National Law. In accordance with section 175 of the Education and Care Services (National Law) (South Australia) (the National Law) the prescribed documents must be made available for inspection by an authorised officer of the Board.

Instrument of Record Keeping Requirements Occasional Care and Mobile Care Services

Family day care services that are not included within the meaning of the National Law

According to the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011, a residual family day care service is not a family day care service that is an education and care service within the meaning of the Education and Early Childhood Services National Law (South Australia).

This means a residual family day care service is an individual family day care service that is not delivered through the use of two or more educators to provide education and care for children. The Standards define an Individual Family Day Care Service as: ‘a service that is delivered by one educator to provide education and care for children at a residence or at a place other than a residence’.

The Board has approved the South Australian Standards for Individual Family Day Care Services to be effective from
1 August 2015. The Standards set operational requirements for individual family day care services and will be applied as a condition on an individual family day care service approval.

SA Standards for Individual FDC Services