Quality Area 1 – Educational program and practice
Standard 1.1 Program - The educational program enhances each child's learning and development.
An inner-city Council manages a family day care service with educators located across a number of suburbs within the local government area. The service is supported by Council’s family day care coordination unit. The approved provider conducts interviews with prospective educators to share the service’s philosophy and approach to enhancing each children’s learning and ensure that the educators’ values and approach align with that of the service.
Standard 1.2 Practice - Educators facilitate and extend each child's learning and development.
At this long day care service, staff meetings are used to share reflections about practice. Successful outcomes and how to build on them are discussed, as well as issues, challenges and possible solutions. Conversations and agreed actions are documented to capture decision-making processes and ongoing actions, as well as to enable review and critical reflection.
Standard 1.3 Assessment and planning - Educators and co-ordinators take a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program for each child.
At this inner city before and after school care program, educators wanted to improve their educational program planning process to ensure it reflected children’s strengths, interests and abilities. As a starting point they set up a working group, which included children and educators, to review the service’s enrolment form. This was to ensure it captured key information from children and families, to strengthen knowledge of and relationships with children and to inform their program decision-making.