Little Beacons Learning Centre receives Excellent rating

Date awarded 22/09/2015
Valid until 21/09/2018
Little Beacons Learning Centre in Pakenham, Victoria 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 Little Beacons Learning Centre for this recognition.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Little Beacons Learning Centre on such an achievement. It is clear that enhancing children’s learning and skills is at the forefront of their program and practices,” Ms Hunter said.

“The centre has worked very hard developing a number of core initiatives on topics such as children’s social skills, cultural and community awareness, to name but a few.”

From a program perspective, the centre’s ‘Looking Glass Learning’ initiative aims to develop children’s social skills over a 10 week course. Children participate in targeted activities, such as role play and story-telling, delivered by the Head of Teaching and Learning. Outcomes are documented and provided to families and educators to support children’s development.

From a cultural perspective, the centre partners with Murrindindi, an Indigenous Elder, and Birra, an Indigenous teacher, to encourage cultural understanding and sensitivity by embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into its educational programs.

From a community perspective, Little Beacons Learning Centre builds awareness of sustainability, healthy eating and innovation through its ‘Let’s Explore’ publication. The proceeds from recent sales of this book assisted in funding a kindergarten in Bangladesh.

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.

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