ACECQA Newsletter Issue 8 2015
- children older than 24 months and younger than 36 months at centre-based services in NSW, Queensland and South Australia.
- children older than 36 months up to and including preschool age for all centre-based services in Queensland and Victoria.
- preschools in ACT, Northern Territory and South Australia.
- family day care services in Queensland.
For more information and a summary of every jurisdiction’s NQF educator to child ratio requirements visit ACECQA’s website. You can also contact your local regulatory authority for more information about changes in your jurisdiction.
Close to two-thirds of children’s education and care services across Australia have received a quality rating, according to the latest National Quality Framework (NQF) report published earlier this month.
After almost 12 months, ACECQA’s National Workshops wrapped up this week, with the last session held in Mount Isa, Queensland. More than 4,000 educators and providers participated in the interactive sessions.
The workshops were a successful collaboration between ACECQA, regulatory authorities and the Professional Support Coordinators Alliance, providing educators with the opportunity to gain answers to their questions on Quality Area 1 – Educational Program and Practice.
ACECQA’s National Educational Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, commented on the learning and networking opportunities provided by the workshops.
“It’s great for educators from different services to have the chance to come together to share ideas and discuss and reflect on practice,” she said.
“I was so encouraged by the enthusiasm and engagement from educators at the workshops, many of whom made the time to attend after a demanding day of working with children and families.
“We received positive feedback from educators about the opportunities the workshop offered to clarify expectations, identify useful resources and share practical strategies to help them meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework.”
Many services said they are planning to use the workbook and resources provided to run their own workshops with educators in their service.
Other feedback showed educators appreciated the opportunity to learn from services that have been through the assessment and rating process.
ACECQA will use this feedback as part of its planning for the 2015-16 series of workshops. Keep an eye out in the coming months for details of these sessions, as well as resources from the current workshops, on ACECQA’s website, social media updates and newsletters.