Warrawee Care Centre recognised for Excellence
Date first awarded: 10/03/2014
Date re-awarded: 02/02/2017
Valid until: 01/02/2020
Warrawee Care Centre has been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Gabrielle Sinclair congratulated the NSW outside school hours care service on receiving the highest rating under the National Quality Framework for the second time.
“Following their original Excellent rating in 2014, the educators and staff at Warrawee Care Centre continue to demonstrate exceptional programs and inclusive practice as well as valuable leadership in our sector,” Ms Sinclair said.
As part of its curriculum, the service has created risk-based programs that enhance children’s development and learning as they explore and engage with the natural environment. Facilitated by educators and professionals, these play experiences encourage children to handle and feed animals, use real tools for woodwork, gardening and cooking as well as large sticks, stones and branches for hut building. Along with supporting children’s learning, the environment and practice are set up so families can watch or participate.
Responding again to the needs of both the children and families at the service, Warrawee has introduced a new program called ‘Tweens’ to address parental concerns about children’s after school needs once they transition to high school. Created for children in school years 5-7, the program is planned by the children at the service who choose activities, trips and venues within a provided budget. While the educators review the plans and attend the outing, the children coordinate all aspects from proposal to organisation, providing them the opportunity to develop life skills.
“Warrawee’s programs reflect the value educators and staff place on the voices of families and children, weaving these inclusive partnerships into many aspects of practice and decision making. The ‘Tweens’ program demonstrates this collaboration as well as an embedded commitment to improving children’s agency and developing practices that meet the needs of children and families,” Ms Sinclair said.
The service’s collaborative and inclusive approach is also evident in their active leadership role and information sharing with the sector. Warrawee plays a key role in both the Ku-ring-gai / Hornsby OOSH Network meetings and the Educational Leaders Networking Group for the area, which provide support, advice and professional development opportunities.
“As an educational leader in their community, the positive impact of Warrawee Care Centre extends beyond the children and educators in their own service,” Ms Sinclair said.
“I congratulate Warrawee on this recognition and their ongoing commitment to high quality outside school hours care.”
About the Excellent rating
Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding 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