Quality Area 3 – Physical environment

Standard 3.1 Design - The design of the facilities is appropriate for the operation of a service.

Case study 1

This before and after school and vacation care service situated in a regional city is based in a two-room cottage on the grounds of the local school. The service has access to other indoor spaces used by the school. This includes the newly refurbished kitchen and a meeting space for staff meetings. The service also uses the school’s playground, which includes a large grass area, sandpit and an area with fixed playground equipment. During vacation care when more children attend, the service also makes use of the school hall.

Standard 3.2 Use - The service environment is inclusive, promotes competence and supports exploration and play-based learning.

Case study 1 

Family day care educators working in the outer suburbs of the city provide diverse home environments, including the indoor and outdoor play spaces, to enhance the learning and development of the children in their care. The service’s coordination unit offers guidance and support for educators to consider theorists and alternative approaches to creating welcoming and inclusive play-based learning spaces. The unit also hosts a regular play session where educators share ideas, resources and engage in professional conversations.