Child Care compared to Preschool

This chart compares the educational programs at NSW preschools in comparison to NSW child care centres – and looks at how the requirements are implemented at Rainbow.
Service provided Preschool Long day care Rainbow
What hours and weeks does the children’s service open ? preschools open from 9am-3pm during school terms only, although some now open for slightly longer hours child care centres must open for at least 8 hours per day for at least 48 weeks per year. Rainbow is open for 11 hours per day and 51 weeks per year.
Does this children’s service have to employ fully qualified university graduate early childhood teachers and othyer qualified staff and maintain child:staff ratios ? Yes, under the National  Quality Framework – all children’s services including child care centres and preschools must employ the same level of qualified staff  – including fully qualified teachers with a university degree in early childhood education as well as Diploma qualified child carers. All other staff must either have or be completing at least a Certificate III in Child Studies. Services must mainatin the same ratios of staff:children incluidng one staff :ten 3-5 year old children and one staff : five 0-2 year olds. At Rainbow, four staff are university graduate teachers with a degree in early childhood education and teaching. As well four other staff  have completed TAFE Diplomas in Child Studies. The five other REC staff have either completed or are completing a CERT III in Child Studies. Rainbow maintains staff:child ratios that are always better than the ratios set out by Regulation.
Does this children’s service have to provide an early childhood education program ? Yes, under the National  Quality Framework – all children’s services including child care centres and preschools must provide an educational program for all children. The educational program must be based on the Early Years Learning Framework. Rainbow’s program meets all requirments of the National Quality Framework and emphasises strong commmunication, social skills and emotional security in children as these skills set the foundation of future learning right through the school years.
Does this children’s service have to complete developmental programs on all children ? Yes, under the National  Quality Framework – all children’s services including child care centres and preschools must maintain a developmnetal record of each child and should undertake a developmnetal assessment of each child each year  and maintian th erecord of that assessment. Rainbow maintains a Portfolio record of each child including developmnetal assessments and the records are available for each family to see their own child’s record at any time and to take the record home if desired from time to time. We welcome families to make their own entries to the portfolio, so that it remains a dynamic record of the child’s developmnet.
Does this children’s service have to provide a transition to school program ? Yes, under the National  Quality Framework – all children’s services including child care centres and preschools must provide a suitable transition to school program provided by a qualified early childhood education teacher in the year before the child starts school for at least 15 hours per week Rainbow provides a preschool education program for each child which focuses on the skills needed to transition to school including self confidence, social skills (sharing, turn-taking, following rules etc) and self help skills such as caring for their own belongings and knowing how to askf ro help and how to cooperate with others including teachers.