Excellent rating awarded to Jindi Woraback Children's Centre
Date awarded: 16 October 2017
Valid until: 15 October 2020
Jindi Woraback Children's Centre 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.
Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating. The Excellent rating is awarded for three years. After this time, services have the option to re-apply.
Thisis the second time the St Albans based service has received the Excellent rating. On this occasion, it was recognised for its collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations, practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth and positive workplace culture and organisational values.
Examples of exceptional practice at the service include:
- Developing their own curriculum framework called ‘Foundation in Early Learning Development’ (FiELD) which is specific to the service’s community and is a result of combining New Zealand’s Te Whariki and The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). It aims to support educators develop a curriculum which is contextually relevant to the setting, as well as reflecting the values and purpose of education within the early childhood setting.
- A strong commitment to early intervention, inclusion and supporting children with additional needs to fully participate in the service’s programs through the service’s ‘Little Champs Program’. This aims to support each child’s development, their health and wellbeing for lifelong learning and support families to link with external services.
- Supporting educators to attend a variety of high quality professional development opportunities to support their daily work with children with additional needs.For example, the service funds educators to develop their skills and knowledge to become trained Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapists and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) trained to support children with a hearing impairment.
As a leader in the sector, Jindi Woraback Children's Centre shares its practice, programs and curriculum with other education and care services locally, nationally and internationally. This is achieved through the implementation of tours at the service and it’s ‘Open Educator Expo’ to share, network and support the professional development of others. In addition, based on the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data that identified strengthening the early childhood workforce would improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, the director created and runs the Brimbank Early Childhood Professional Services Support Group. The group provides a place where early childhood professionals can network, share ideas and strive for continued improvement.
About the Excellent rating
Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating. 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.