ACECQA’s Occasional Paper 6

ACECQA has published its sixth occasional paper, which analyses the performance of services reassessed against the 2012 National Quality Standard (NQS) from 2013-2017.

As at 31 December 2017, more than two-thirds of reassessments of services rated Working Towards NQS resulted in a higher overall rating. The rate of improvement was highest for Quality Area 5 – Relationships with children, and lowest for Quality Area 1 – Educational program and practice, and Quality Area 7 – Leadership and service management.

The latter two quality areas are fundamental to the quality improvement journey, with both the subject of previous occasional papers published by ACECQA.

This latest occasional paper examines the outcomes of reassessments between 2013-2017, including evidence recorded in assessment and rating reports, and identifies two factors that contribute to quality improvement:

  • service staff familiarity with the regulatory system, including the quality rating system
  • high quality leadership, particularly from the service’s educational leader.

Download Occasional Paper 1: Educational program and practice

Download Occasional Paper 2: Children’s health and safety

Download Occasional Paper 3: Promoting consistency and efficiency under the NQF

Download Occasional Paper 4: The quality of physical environments in education and care services

Download Occasional Paper 5: Leadership and service management

Download Occasional Paper 6: Quality improvement in education and care services 2013-2017