The new Child Care Package is coming and CCMS Providers need to be re registered by April 01, 2018.

HubWorks! our nominated software provider supports the new Child Care Package enhancements for efficiency, and will provide assistance to our service and families, every step of the way. Below is their journey of how far they have come in providing up-to-date information for services using their software.

In 2012, 5 years ago, HubWorks! was approved by the Commonwealth Department of Industry for the baseline of a new Early Childhood Ecosystem.

In 2010, a Commonwealth ‘State of Early Childhood’ report detailed that families were finding it difficult to navigate government funded Early Childhood services, federal and state. It provided a solution which showed that a family should be at the centre of the ecosystem, while maintaining standards and compliance for services and government. HubWorks! took that report and talked to government about building the ecosystem. The Department of Industry agreed that the solution was going to be difficult for the government to build, because government business is one part of a child’s ecosystem and for the model to work, it needed to crossover many services that a family interacts with. The Commonwealth also recognised the inherent attribute of services having more access to families directly through the ecosystem. The funding was approved, based on the infrastructure of HubWorks! CCMS being the backbone of the new Early Childhood Ecosystem. However, there was one catch. We had to demonstrate the need and were required to consult the Department of Education, FAHCSIA, the child care services sector, allied Early Childhood Services and families.

HubWorks! invested in an independent research organisation, to assess the need. Collectively, we spent 12 months consulting every stakeholder possible. The result was a positive report, which demonstrated the need for the Early Childhood Ecosystem. The Department of Innovation then supplied a new CEO for HubHello so that the project had the qualified appointee to deliver the Ecosystem. Over 5 years, 5 Qualified Experts were appointed as head of the program development.

HubHello and Commonwealth/State governments, CSIRO, NICTA, Raising Children’s Network, childcare sector leaders, peak bodies and many child care services collaborated to build HubHello and demonstrate a Service model for children, families, services and Government. The platform includes several current and past CCMS providers, including HubWorks!, Brainchild, Centrecalc with two more CCMS/CCITS providers joining before Christmas. These CCMS providers will be able to continue to provide their child care services with the quality of care they have done for years, while knowing that the backbone of the Ecosystem is compliant and modernised to government of today. Other programs on the Ecosystem are an Early Intervention Program, Nutrition Program, Childcare Wikipedia, Early Years Learning Framework, My Time our Place Framework, Early Childhood Census and Administration. The Ecosystem also provides a mobile parent portal. The parent portal was one of the first developments for the platform, as it was a key driver of the funding.

After 5 years, much sweat and engagement with multiple government departments, a change of government, assessments, reassessments, compliance checks, new engagements, reassignment of portfolios and sector help, the government signed off on the HubHello Ecosystem for Early Childhood. The ecosystem is a model, dedicated to frontline services and to families, and most importantly to children. It is clean, looks and feels simple to use, but has solid government infrastructure, government design and government compliance underpinning the confidence of child care services and families. These attributes also underpin the new Child Care Package, by collaboration with many stakeholders, which enabled the predetermining child care reform.

HubWorks! does not state it is endorsed by the Department of Education as the only solution for CCITS. All CCITS Providers have to go through registration by April 01, including HubWorks! HubWorks! welcomes partnerships with other CCITS software providers to join them on the HubHello Early Childhood Ecosystem. Times are changing and provisioning of efficiency for child care services and families is important to government, as their investment in childcare increases. HubWorks! is committed to being part of the change and working as a team with the government for the sector.

Please also view the following Department of Education website links:

https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/key-changes-service-providers

https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/key-changes-families

https://www.hubworks.com.au/