It is with great pleasure that we can report that in 2018 our Early Learning Centre has been rated Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. Services are assessed against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority and receive a rating for each of the seven quality areas of the NQS, as well as an overall rating.
Seven quality areas assessed are:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leaderships and service management
This incredible result is a testament to the wonderful work that all staff do in the area of early childhood development, as the Early Learning Centre Manager, Nerolee Dagley said, "After a rigorous assessment and rating process, the Early Learning Centre was rated as Exceeding National Standards in all seven areas. The staff are very pleased to have their work, and dedication to the education of young children recognised."
The assessment is a reflection and confirmation of the quality programs provided in the ELC. The programs celebrate each individual and provide continuity of learning for each child in a stimulating and safe environment. Educators consistently facilitate the development of respectful and equitable relationships with each child ensuring that every child feels secure, confident and engaged.
An overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard is given to services that go above and beyond the requirements of the National Quality Standard in at least four of the seven quality areas. However, the Early Learning Centre not only received an overall Exceeding rating, it rated Exceeding in all seven quality areas. This wonderful outcome is not achieved by many services.
The assessor stated, “Educators consistently promoted children’s learning, and planned learning experiences that enhanced children’s learning and development. The program and routines were effectively organised to provide multiple opportunities for children’s engagement, involvement and active participation in the program. Educators actively promoted children’s agency and autonomy.”
The assessor also noted, “All staff demonstrated a passionate commitment to respectful and ethical work practices. Professional standards were embedded in practice, and interactions and relationships that promoted a positive environment for children and adults was observed. Educators consistently facilitated the development of respectful and equitable relationships with each child ensuring that every child felt secure, confident and engaged.”
Clearly, the youngest members of the Ivanhoe community are in very capable hands and the School is proud of this result and congratulates the Early Learning Centre staff for all the hard work and dedication they have put in to achieve such an outstanding outcome.