National Children’s Week
National Children’s Week
begins this Saturday (October 18-26) and celebrations are happening across the country. To mark this event, National Education Leader Rhonda Livingstone explores the topic of responsive and respectful relationships with children on the We Hear You
blog this month.
National Workshops kick off in Tasmania
More than 120 educators and providers took part in the first of ACECQA’s National Workshops, which kicked off in Tasmania last month. ACECQA teamed up with Tasmania’s Professional Support Coordinators - Lady Gowrie, and the Tasmanian Department of Education to deliver the three-hour workshops in Devonport and Hobart.
As well as unpacking Quality Area 1 attendees said the format provided quality tools that could be shared and implemented with their teams.
Facilitated by ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, the workshops are travelling the country from now until mid 2015. Workshops are open to all educators and providers, targeting those that are not yet rated or have been rated as Working Towards NQS.
We will be visiting the Australian Capital Territory next week followed by the Northern Territory in mid-November.
More services join the Excellent rating list
Five more services have been rated as Excellent, bringing the total of Excellent rated services to 21.
Mission Australia Early Learning Services – Elizabeth Vale (SA), Jindi Woraback Children’s Centre (Vic), the AIS Caretaker’s Cottage Child Care Centre (ACT), Scotch College Early Learning Centre (SA) and Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme Inc (Qld) were all recognised for their outstanding commitment and practice to improving quality education and care for children and their families.
Read more about each service below:
To be awarded an Excellent rating, services must demonstrate to ACECQA how they meet the criteria for the rating.
Further information about the Excellent rating is available here.
New Board for ACECQA
Chair of the Education Council, ACT Minister for Education Joy Burch, announced ACECQA’s new board this month, with seven members reappointed, including Board Chair Rachel Hunter (pictured), and five new members joining ACECQA’s Board.
The new Board brings together a variety of expertise relevant to children’s education and care from the Australian Government and each of the states and territories.
New members of the Board were nominated by Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Australian Government, while other states and territories renominated Board members previously appointed.
Rachel Hunter has been reappointed as the Board Chair and all members have been appointed until 31 December 2015.
Minister Burch welcomed the new members and thanked outgoing members for their work.
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