Wednesday 26 February, 2014
Bribie Island Community Kindergarten has been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
ACECQA Board Chair Rachel Hunter congratulated Bribie Island Community Kindergarten on their achievement.
“Bribie Island Community Kindergarten has demonstrated leadership that has contributed to development in the local community and the wider education and care sector to sustain excellent practice,” Ms Hunter said.
“This is an outstanding achievement and highlights the importance of embracing continuous quality improvement for children in Australia.
“As we continue to raise the bar on quality education and care for Australian children, I encourage services to apply for the Excellent rating.”
Bribie Island Community Kindergarten is one of nine services across Australia who have been rated Excellent by ACECQA.
About the service
Bribie Island Community Kindergarten demonstrated excellence in the areas of:
- commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin
- inclusive partnerships with children and families
- practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth.
Through continuous improvement, comprehensive forward planning and unique initiatives, Bribie Island Community Kindergarten has demonstrated excellence in child education and care.
“This service is to be commended for its ongoing partnership with the community, in particular local community member, Chris, who has Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s,” Ms Hunter said.
Chris works at the service for eight hours each week while also completing his Certificate III education and care qualification and is a positive role model for the children.
The kindergarten has outstanding indoor and outdoor areas that are resourced with a variety of open-ended experiences and opportunities for the children to develop their curiosity, persistence and confidence.
The outdoor area, made up of synthetic and natural resources, a musical area and a stand-alone art studio was a combined result of input and ideas from families and educators. The space encourages children’s flexible use of materials, facilitating experimentation, investigation and research.
Bribie Island Community Kindergarten also has recently developed a partnership with Pikinini Family Day Care in the Solomon Islands where learning plans are shared throughout the centres. The children use Skype and iPads to share learning experiences.
About the Excellent rating
It is the highest rating that can be given to children’s education and care services. It can only be awarded by ACECQA and is not a rating given during the assessment and rating process.
Providers with a service that have received an overall rating of ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating.
More information is available on the ACECQA website.
ACECQA is an independent statutory authority established to provide national leadership in promoting quality and continuous improvement in children’s education and care in Australia.
ACECQA’s role is to guide the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally, ensuring consistency in delivery.
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Last updated on Wednesday 26 February, 2014