Excellent rating awarded to Canterbury College Kindergarten

Date awarded 16/06/2016
Canterbury College Kindergarten has been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

The rating, the highest achievable under the National Quality Framework, was awarded for the service’s commitment to developing integrated programs that enhance children’s learning as well as its support of educators and leadership in the community and sector.

ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Karen Curtis congratulated the service, the fourteenth in Queensland to receive this recognition.

“As a means of supporting the course of children’s learning from their first experiences at the service, Canterbury College Kindergarten implemented a sensory motor program and created purpose-built areas that support play, self-confidence, self-care skills and learning,” Ms Curtis said.

“The programs and environments developed by the service are based on a strong understanding of sensory and motor development in children. I congratulate Canterbury College Kindergarten on their exceptional practice and the range of strategies that have enhanced and improved learning outcomes for children.”

The emphasis and importance of innovative and inclusive practice and environments also extends to the service’s own workplace and culture. Along with a ‘Wellbeing Program’ created to increase staff camaraderie, morale, and boost health and fitness, the service and its Educational Leader provide opportunities for educators to be recognised for their work.

Canterbury College Kindergarten was commended for these organisational values as well as its active leadership role within its wider community, which promotes early childhood education and care through a variety of initiatives including training, mentorship and playgroups for local families.

“As an educational leader in their community, the positive impact of Canterbury College Kindergarten extends beyond the children and educators in their own service,” Ms Curtis said.

Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating.

More information is available on the ACECQA website and the Canterbury College Kindergarten website.