The provision of non-contact time differs between awards:
Children’s Services Award provides non-contact time for:
- an employee responsible for the preparation, implementation and/or evaluation of a developmental program for an individual child or group of children.
- an employee appointed as the Educational Leader.
Educational Services (Teachers) Award under Schedule A – Teachers employed in early childhood services operating at least 48 weeks per year:
- provides non-contact time for an employee responsible for programming and planning for a group of children for the purpose of planning, preparing, evaluating and programming activities.
- there is no separate non-contact time for Educational Leaders under this award.
For teachers employed in early childhood services operating at less than 48 weeks per year (such as preschools), there is no non-contact time provision.
Both awards state that during non-contact time, an employee will not be required to supervise children or perform other duties as directed by the employer.