Last updated 01/11/2021
The early childhood education and care sector (ECEC), along with the rest of the community, is experiencing the impacts of the COVID-19 virus and the significant challenges it poses to the families, early childhood educators and providers of early childhood education and care services.
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines?
ECA is pleased to present a special webinar all about the COVID vaccines. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Associate Professor Margie Danchin and Dr Jessica Kaufman shared their expertise at this special webinar for the early childhood sector held on 28 October 2021 and answered questions about the vaccines.The webinar covered the latest data on safety and effectiveness and provided vaccine recommendations. Strategies to promote the vaccines were also provided to help viewers feel confident to talk about the vaccines with those who may be hesitant to be vaccinated. Watch here.
Information about COVID-19 restrictions and impacts on ECEC services
|State or Territory||COVID-19 website||Relevant pages|
|ACT||COVID-19 website||Early childhood education and other education requirements|
|NSW||COVID-19 website||COVID-19 guidelines for ECEC services|
|VIC||COVID-19 page||Early childhood education and care|
|QLD||COVID-19 website||Information for early childhood education providers|
|NT||COVID-19 website||Restrictions – early childhood education and schools|
|WA||COVD-19 website||Early childhood education|
|SA||COVID-19 website||Schools, Universities and early childhood education|
|TAS||COVID-19 page||Early childhood education and schools|
Regulatory Authorities may also provide information about COVID-19 impacts on ECEC services, see contact details below.
The Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) provide regular updates, information and resources on COVID-19. To subscribe to the updates please email ECCCDigitalCommunication@dese.gov.au
|State or Territory||Phone number|
|ACTfirstname.lastname@example.org||02 6207 1128|
|NSWemail@example.com||1800 619 113|
|VICfirstname.lastname@example.org||1300 307 415|
|NT||Qualityecnt.email@example.com||08 8999 3561|
|WAfirstname.lastname@example.org||08 6551 8333|
|SA||ESB.EarlyChildhoodServices@sa.gov.au||1800 882 413|
|TASemail@example.com||1800 816 057|
Official government contacts and websites for services and providers:
- 24/7 National Coronavirus Health information line: 1800 020 080
- Child Care Subsidy Help Desk 1 300 667 276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Child Care Finder website: www.childcarefinder.gov.au/
- Support for businesses (does not include NFP): Business.gov.au
- Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws: Fairwork.gov.au