Quality Area 7 – Governance and leadership
The aim of Quality Area 7 under the National Quality Standard is to support effective leadership and management of the service that contributes to quality environments for children’s learning and development. Well-documented policies and procedures, well-maintained records, shared values, clear direction and reflective practices enable the service to function as a learning community.
An ongoing cycle of planning and review, including engagement with families, creates a setting for continuous improvement.
Governance and Leadership
|Standard 7.1||Governance||Governance supports the operation of a quality service.|
|Element 7.1.1||Service philosophy and purpose||A statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations.|
|Element 7.1.2||Management Systems||Systems are in place to manage risk and enable the effective management and operation of a quality service.|
|Element 7.1.3||Roles and responsibilities||Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and understood, and support effective decision making and operation of the service.|
|Standard 7.2||Leadership||Effective leadership builds and promotes a positive organisational culture and professional learning community.|
|Element 7.2.1||Continuous improvement||There is an effective self-assessment and quality improvement process in place.|
|Element 7.2.2||Educational leadership||The educational leader is supported and leads the development and implementation of the educational program and assessment and planning cycle.|
|Element 7.2.3||Development of professionals||Educators, co-ordinators and staff members’ performance is regularly evaluated and individual plans are in place to support learning and development.|