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Parents deserve clarity over childcare ratings

THE latest Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority data was published this week.

It gave a rating to childcare operators across Australia.

The Sunshine Coast Daily had published the A-Z of local operators and how they rank.

But the results received a reasonable degree of backlash.

The Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland hit back at the data, arguing the process was flawed.

That association argues that the rating process was backlogged and that a number of centres were waiting to be reassessed.

The alliance even questioned the interpretation of the assessment process and on the Daily's Facebook page countless childcare workers slammed the data.

While those in the industry bicker with the authority, parents are left scratching their heads and wondering where to look.

Your child's education path has to be one of the most guilt-ridden choices a parent has to make.

And for most parents, dropping a kid off at daycare when they are still so young and so vulnerable, is often heartbreaking.

For a great many, it's an expensive exercise that they're forced into due to their financial circumstances: some people simply have to work.

The childcare ratings can be used with a combination of other things, like word of mouth and daycare visits, to help parents make an informed choice.

However, that there is not a rating system the government, this growing industry and parents can't all hang their hats on and trust is not just disappointing, it's simply not good enough for our kids.


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