Gowrie Victoria Docklands recognised for excellence

Date awarded 09/12/2015
Valid until 08/12/2018
Gowrie Victoria Docklands in Melbourne’s inner city 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, the eighth in Victoria to receive this recognition.

“Gowrie Victoria Docklands has developed partnerships with organisations in their local community that help children to learn in a number of innovative settings,” Ms Hunter said.

The service has established working groups which focus on delivering high quality projects. These groups provide opportunities for educators, children and families to collaborate when making decisions related to educational programs and practices.

Their ‘community connections excursion program’ supports educators to organise many excursions throughout Docklands and the CBD.

The service has developed partnerships within Melbourne’s extensive community resources, including the Melbourne Museum where children have helped staff to understand the importance of interactive activities as the museum develops a new children’s gallery. These partnerships enhance learning and growth for children at Gowrie Victoria Docklands and children who visit these organisations in the future.

Gowrie Victoria Docklands encourage educators to self-manage and reflect, creating the positive workplace culture, organisational values and leadership opportunities that enable the service’s excellent practice. Educators have showcased this by presenting at sector conferences and hosting professional development services at their centre.

“The Excellent rating promotes and reinforces the value of quality early education. Gowrie Victoria Docklands is most definitely a leader in this regard and I congratulate them on their achievement,” Ms Hunter said.

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

Related: ACECQA recently established Starting Blocks, a great source of information for parents and families to learn about early childhood education and care, helping them make the best choices for their child.

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