28 Aug 2009

Call for checks on home-based early childhood providers

10:28 pm on 28 August 2009

Police checks on those living with home-based early childhood providers are among proposed changes recommended by Parliament.

The Education and Science Select Committee has outlined proposed amendments to the Education Amendment Bill.

The amendments include police checks on household members of home-based education services and requiring schools to request a police check within two weeks of non-teaching staff starting work.

The committee says though most service providers already use police checks, extending the requirement to those living with someone working from home will ensure minimum standards across the sector.

Schools and early childhood centres will also be required to have undergo a police check on their staff every three years.

The bill will now go back to Parliament for its second reading.