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Starting Blocks

Starting Blocks is a government website providing parents with trusted information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Learning begins from the minute a child is born. Whether he/she is being taken care of at home, in childcare or another type of preschool service, it is important that they have opportunities to learn and develop every day.

Starting Blocks is a go-to website for pregnant couples, new parents, and parents of toddlers who want information from a credible source on the best ways to raise a child.

Starting Blocks is a starting point to:

  • learn about children's developmental milestones
  • understand what to expect from an early childhood education and care service
  • find services and learn about their quality ratings
  • get tips on starting child care or preschool
  • find out what can be done at home to encourage a child’s learning and development.

Starting Blocks is an initiative of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA is an independent national authority that assists governments in implementing the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care.

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What are the 7 quality areas (1)

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Visiting child care I Starting Blocks

A checklist for parents to help them determine if a child care service is good quality.

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Learning at home with your child I Starting Blocks

Everyday tips for parents for learning with their child at home. Everyday activities are important learning opportunities for children.

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Activities at home with your child I Starting Blocks

Find out about different activities and things to do with children. Learn about making games, being active and getting out and about with your child.

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Child benefits and rebates I Starting Blocks

Read about the changes to the child care subsidy that the Australian Government provides to families.

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Health needs in child care I Starting Blocks

Trusted advice for parents using child care services for children who have special needs.

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Child's Development 4 to 8 months I Starting Blocks

Get trusted information about your childs developmental milestones from 4 to 8 months.

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Raising concerns with a child care service

Learn helpful tips with this Starting Blocks Factsheet on how to effectively raise concerns with a service.

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Relationship with child care service I Starting Blocks

Information on how to build strong links between child care service and home for parents.

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Preparing For Child Care I Starting Blocks

Advice on getting a parent and child ready for child care.

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