Information and Consent

Dear Director/Coordinator
Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) invites you to complete the Trends in Community Children’s Services Survey (TICCSS), and to share your views and experiences of working in not-for-profit children’s services at this time.

About this survey
ACCS has been funded by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council to conduct the next three waves of the Trends in Community Children’s Services Survey, from 2017 to 2020. This follows on from previous surveys in 2012 and 2014.

The aim of this research is to understand how community children’s services are responding to the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF), including planned changes commencing 2017, and to monitor the changes that are occurring in the profile of children and families accessing children’s services.

Thanks to services like yours, the previous surveys were a great success with more than 800 services participating. Reports on previous research can be found on the ACCS website www.ausccs.org.au.

Who should respond to this survey
If you are the director/coordinator/nominated supervisor of a community children’s service, you are invited to participate in the Trends in Community Children’s Services Survey (TICCSS). This includes managers in not-for-profit Long Day Care Services, Outside School Hours Care, Vacation Care, Family Day Care, Kindergartens/preschools, Occasional Care, Multi-functional Aboriginal Child Care Services and Mobile Services.

Why participate in this survey
Your views and experiences are a vital ingredient for effective advocacy for community children's services around Australia. ACCS would like to hear about your service's experiences with the national quality reforms, recruitment and retention of staff, ratios, waiting lists, fees and fee increases and vulnerabilities in your community.

A final report of the study findings and emerging themes will be available on the ACCS website, for use by government and the children’s services sector, to inform policy, funding initiatives, sector and service support and continuous quality improvement in children’s services.
What you need to know about this survey and survey consent
This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and you are able to leave and come back to it to manage your time.

The information you provide will be strictly confidential and it is optional to provide your name and service details. Providing this information is useful, as it will help us to track the trends of similar services. However, it is optional. Data collected in this project may be used in future projects about early childhood education and care and middle childhood policy and practice. It is also noted that individuals and services will not be identified in the final report of findings or any future research publications.

This research has ethical approval through the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), approval number 1700000692.

Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to participate, you can withdraw from this research without comment or penalty up to the point of submission of the survey. If you would like more information, please follow the link to the participant information form. 

We would like to ask your consent to participate in this survey. You consent to participating in the survey when you press "next" to continue through to the survey.  

If you have any questions or require any further information about the TICCSS survey, please contact Melalie Collie or Lynn Turner at CCC reception@cccinc.org.au or call 03 9486 3455 or Associate Professor Susan Irvine at QUT, email s.irvine@qut.edu.au or 07 3069 7490. 

Prize Draw

One director/coordinator from each State and Territory who participates in the survey will be eligible to go in a prize draw to win: 1 of 8 $100 vouchers to purchase resources from Educational Experience. The prize will be drawn and winners notified on the 25th of September 2017.
 
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