Queensland services recognised for exceptional practice

 Wynnum Family Day Care and John Paul College Outside School Hours Care have been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Karen Curtis congratulated the Queensland services on receiving the highest rating under the National Quality Framework for the second time.

“It’s been three years since Wynnum Family Day Care and John Paul College Outside School Hours Care first received the Excellent rating. I applaud both services for their continued efforts to raise the bar on quality education and care,” Ms Curtis said.

“Both services have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, even after achieving the highest rating.

“Their programs and improved practices enhance children’s learning and growth and inspire quality education and care nationally.” 

Wynnum Family Day Care 

Date first awarded: 19 December 2013

Date re-awarded: 23 November 2016

Valid until: 22 November 2019

Wynnum Family Day Care is an active leader in the education and care sector, sharing high quality practice. In 2016 the service participated in a research project conducted by the University of New South Wales, titled ‘Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care’. The research examined the factors which influence the quality of family day care services.   

One of the programs to feature in the research was their ‘Child Development Program’. The program provides assistance and support to families, children, and educators where there is concern about developmental delay or risk to a child’s wellbeing. The service states the program has minimised delays between identification, assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Wynnum Family Day Care’s ‘Link Program’ also features in the research. The daily program is run in different locations by external consultants as an alternative to traditional playgroup, and is offered to educators and families at no additional cost. Activities like gymnastics, yoga, sports activities, music lessons, African drumming and art classes attract educators and children to come together socially and participate in a variety of engaging learning environments.    

John Paul College Outside School Hours Care 

Date first awarded: 16 January 2014

Date re-awarded: 25 November 2016

Valid until: 24 November 2019

Children at John Paul College Outside School Hours Care learn valuable lessons about leadership, the environment and sustainability. The service has a ‘Farmer’s Market Day’ where children share vegetables from their garden with the school community. Children also connect to and learn about their natural world when they visit the fish pond located on school grounds. Children have the opportunity to learn about the lifecycles of the fish and creek ecosystem, implementing their 'Catch and Release' policy. 

John Paul College Outside School Hours Care also holds leadership days to encourage older children to take on a leadership role by organising structured activities such as sports days and tennis days. This empowers the older children to become leaders and positive role models in their community. Since offering the leadership days, educators and parents have noticed the transformation in some of the children.

About the Excellent rating

Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding the 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. 

More information is available on the ACECQA website as well as the Wynnum Family Day Care and John Paul College Outside School Hours Care website.