December 2009, all Australian Governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership to establish a National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care for most long day care, preschool, family day care and outside school hours care services in Australia.
“The Australian government and state and territory governments recognise the importance of increasing their focus on the early years to ensure the wellbeing of children throughout their lives and to lift the productivity of our nation as a whole. The drive for change is based upon clear evidence that the early years of a child’s life are very important for their present and future health, development and wellbeing.” (Guide to the National Quality Framework)
The National Quality Framework aims to raise the standard of early childhood education and care across the country.
The National Quality Framework involves the implementation of a national law and regulation, a national quality rating and assessment process and a new national body jointly governed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments- the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to oversee the new system. This new system commenced January 1 2012.
The National Quality Standard sets a new benchmark for quality education and care services. It gives families a better understanding of a quality service. This enables families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child.
The National Quality Standard brings together seven quality areas that are important to outcomes for children:
Under the National Quality Standard all services must prepare a quality improvement plan annually that includes a self assessment of the quality of the practices of the service against the National Quality Standard and the National Regulations.
Our Quality improvement plan is located in the centre’s office if you would like to read it.
We believe that by creating a home like environment, it allows the children to feel comfortable within his or her surroundings and creates a trust between the children and educators. We invite you to take a look around our centre by visiting the gallery.