Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative recognised for its excellence

Date awarded 25/06/2015
Valid until 24/06/2018
Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative in South Melbourne 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 the service on its achievement. 
"Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative clearly values and nurtures the skills and professionalism of its educators, understanding how a strong workplace culture supports improved outcomes for each child,” Ms Hunter said.  
The service recognises the contribution of educators to enhance outcomes for children, for example educators are encouraged and rewarded to develop their practice through further study, including Masters and PhD level qualifications.
Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative looks for opportunities for educators and children to further develop their knowledge and skills through ongoing learning, such as, the service recently collaborated with Charles Sturt University in a research project on effective transitions to school. The service also looks for opportunities to share learnings with other services such as presenting at sector workshops and conferences.
To recognise and build leadership skills in all educators Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative offers its educators the opportunity to develop their skills and step into facilitator roles for learning projects. These learning projects are another core component of Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative’s program, where children and families work in collaboration with educators to explore potential new experiences that enhance learning, for example gender equity is currently being explored across the service. 
The service also has a strong focus on inclusion support and has engaged a speech pathologist to help educators support children with hearing difficulties and are exploring opportunities with the children to reduce noise density.  
“The Excellent rating promotes and reinforces the value of quality education and care and recognises the efforts of the people working in our sector,” Ms Hunter said.
“Congratulations to Clarendon Children’s Centre Co-operative on this outstanding achievement.”
Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating

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