Close to two-thirds of children’s education and care services across Australia have received a quality rating, according to the latest National Quality Framework (NQF) report published earlier this month.
ACECQA’s Board Chair, Rachel Hunter, said with 63 per cent of services assessed and rated, more families were able to get information about the quality of their local services.
“The latest figures show that services are continuing to meet and exceed higher standards of education and care,” Ms Hunter said.
“Of the 63 per cent of services assessed and rated, two-thirds (66 per cent) are Meeting or Exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS) and one-third (34 per cent) are rated Working Towards NQS.
“This breakdown in quality ratings is fairly much in line with what we expected. The rating system was always meant to leave room for continuous improvement.”
For the first time, the Snapshot also contains information on the standards and elements services find most challenging to meet.
ACECQA and regulatory authorities are continuing to focus their efforts on supporting services to understand and meet the standards and requirements, while taking into account their service context.
Ratings for the 9347 services already quality rated are available in the national registers
published by ACECQA, with more ratings added each week.
Make sure your educators are aware of the assessment and rating notice period for family day care educator visits.
All approved providers are advised of the four-week period that their assessment and rating visit will take place in and are given at least five days’ notice of the date of the assessment and rating visit. Then, depending on the jurisdiction, between 0-5 days’ notice of the educator sample to be visited is given.
The 0-5 days’ notice period range gives regulatory authorities flexibility to decide this period based on individual circumstances.
A new FAQ
on the topic has been posted on ACECQA’s website. Contact your state or territory regulatory authority
for more information on assessment and rating visits.
After almost 12 months, ACECQA’s National Workshops wrapped up this week, with the last session held in Mount Isa, Queensland. More than 4,000 educators and providers participated in the interactive sessions.
The workshops were a successful collaboration between ACECQA, regulatory authorities and the Professional Support Coordinators Alliance, providing educators with the opportunity to gain answers to their questions on Quality Area 1 – Educational Program and Practice.
ACECQA’s National Educational Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, commented on the learning and networking opportunities provided by the workshops.
“It’s great for educators from different services to have the chance to come together to share ideas and discuss and reflect on practice,” she said.
“I was so encouraged by the enthusiasm and engagement from educators at the workshops, many of whom made the time to attend after a demanding day of working with children and families.
“We received positive feedback from educators about the opportunities the workshop offered to clarify expectations, identify useful resources and share practical strategies to help them meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework.”
Many services said they are planning to use the workbook and resources provided to run their own workshops with educators in their service.
Other feedback showed educators appreciated the opportunity to learn from services that have been through the assessment and rating process.
ACECQA will use this feedback as part of its planning for the 2015-16 series of workshops. Keep an eye out in the coming months for details of these sessions, as well as resources from the current workshops, on ACECQA’s website, social media updates and newsletters.
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