Tag Archives: National Quality Framework

Access to effective early learning programs is not easy

Australian families most in need of high-quality early learning environments that make a positive difference to development outcomes have access to fewer, and often lower quality, programs. This E4Kids study finding poses particular policy and program implementation challenges related to serving families from low socioeconomic status (SES) neighbourhoods. These families experience a form of double […]

Embracing the assessment and rating process

Being assessed and rated can understandably be a nervous time for educators. ACECQA caught up with Vashti Hicks, an Authorised Officer with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, to discuss her role and how services can prepare and embrace the assessment and ratings process. Tell us a little about your background  I have been […]

What does continuous improvement look like in practice?

The National Quality Standard 2011 requires all services to work towards continuous improvement. (NQS page 12, A key focus of the NQF is to promote continuous quality improvement).  This means that the curriculum can’t be stagnant and must evolve over time. Each service is at differing stages with their practices and documentation. Services move through […]

Australia lagging behind rest of the developed world on early-childhood education

All over the developed world, a revolution has occurred in the way childcare services are viewed: from mere child minding to vital early-childhood education. Globally, early-childhood education and care are seen as critical not just in promoting workforce participation but in creating foundations for learning, boosting the capacity of the rising generation to contribute to […]

Growing and learning with Amata Anangu Preschool

ACECQA met Tarsha Howard, Early Childhood Coordinator at Amata Anangu Preschool, in 2013 at the NQF conference in Sydney. Tarsha had some concerns at the time that working in a remote service might be a barrier to raising the quality of children’s education and care. This month we catch up with Tarsha after the preschool […]

Documentation – what’s the point?

Over-attention to documentation continues, often seemingly with more emphasis on quantity than on quality. It would be heartening to hear of a service where practices were rated as outstanding in every respect and at every level, but the National Quality Standards rating was diminished because there wasn’t enough documentation! Many documented observations of children appear […]

Fossilised Concepts

I didn’t expect there to be links to our profession when I read an article in The Saturday Paper on ‘homegrown terrorism’! Phil Gregory, who lectures on terrorism and intelligence at Monash University, commented that when concepts become very fashionable they can ‘fossilise thought’. He added, ’When you use clichés, you stop altering paradigms. You […]

ACECQA helps unlock the door on documentation

The National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, looks at documenting learning, provides some pointers for educators and helps bust some of the surrounding myths. The issue of planning, documenting and evaluating children’s learning and the best ways of recording this cycle has been the subject of much debate and discussion during the more than two decades that […]

Childcare package neither bold or sustainable

The government’s new childcare package, which will not come into full force until July 2017, tinkers around the edges. The package will simplify the benefits system, increase subsidies for those on lower incomes, and extend subsidies to include nannies. Subsidies are now linked to “benchmark” prices in an effort to reduce inflationary pressures, a decision […]

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