Australia's 5000 child care centres will be busy shopping for software in coming months to meet new federal government guidelines that come into force from January 1, 2008.
According to Jae Fraser, the operations manager of child care provider, Early Learning Services, the federal government requires automatic vacancy reporting by all child care centres next year.
Fraser said the goal is to make child care more accessible.
With the deadline fast approaching, Fraser has formed an alliance with Queensland-based software company PC Pro Systems to develop specialised software to meet reporting guidelines.
Fraser said the partnership draws on the knowledge of his organization which is one of Australia's largest privately-owned child care centre operators.
"Very few software companies are investing the time and resources needed to develop products which will cater to Australian child care centres' new requirements next year; this new alliance aims to fill that gap in the market," he said.
PC Pro Systems was founded in 1989 and specialises in developing, supplying and maintaining administration software specifically for use in child care centres throughout Australia.
PC Pro Systems general manager Brett Charters said the company currently supports more than 400 child care centres nationally.
"The new alliance with Early Learning Services, already a customer of PC Pro Systems, will give us the insight we need to develop better software to benefit all of our customers," Charters said.