Bribie Island Community Kindergarten recognised for exceptional practice
Date first awarded: 13/02/2014
Date re-awarded: 12/01/2017
Valid until: 11/01/2020
Bribie Island Community Kindergarten has been awarded the Excellent rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Michael Petrie, ACECQA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, congratulated the Queensland based service on receiving this recognition for a second time.
“Bribie Island Community Kindergarten was one of the original services to receive the Excellent rating and they remain a leader in our sector through their ongoing commitment to exceptional practice,” Mr Petrie said.
To encourage children to learn about their land, history and local Aboriginal culture, educators make use of the service’s unique location and environment.
“A weekly ‘Joondoburri Walk’ led by Uncle Ron, an Aboriginal elder, allows children to engage with their local Aboriginal culture. Educators also organise monthly bush and beach family walks to encourage families to connect with the local Joondoburri people, by learning about their history and how they lived and hunted,” Mr Petrie said.
The service’s ‘Standing up for a natural childhood’ research project looked at reconceptualising how children engage with their local surroundings. This collaborative approach between educators, children, families and Uncle Ron resulted in the development of the ‘Joondoburri Walk’ book which has been shared with the Bribie Island Library, Queensland State Library and the National Library in Canberra.
Since their initial Excellent rating the service has extended a partnership with Pikinini Playground Family Day Care, an early childhood service in the Solomon Islands. By collaborating with the Rotary Club of Bribie Island, the service has secured funding for two staff members to visit the service to promote the benefit of early education and care in the Solomon Islands.
“This long-term partnership has supported educators at both Pikinini Playground Family Day Care and Bribie Island Community Kindergarten to gain fresh ideas and inspiration, and has allowed children to extend their cultural awareness by learning about life in the Solomon Islands, one of our closest regional neighbours,” Mr Petrie said.
“I congratulate Bribie Island Community Kindergarten on this recognition and their ongoing commitment to high quality education and care.”
About the Excellent rating
Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating. It can only be awarded by ACECQA and is not a rating given during the assessment and rating process.
The Excellent rating is awarded for three years. After this time services have the option to re-apply.