Rosie’s Early Learning Pty Ltd has been re-awarded an Excellent Rating
Date re-awarded: 20 September 2019
Valid until: 19 September 2022
Rosie's Early Learning has been re-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.
The Brisbane based service was recognised for its collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations; commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin; practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth; and positive workplace culture and organisational values, sustained commitment to professional development and support of educators.
Examples of exceptional practice at the service include:
- Rosie’s Early Learning assisted in the development of a Children’s Charter for Wellbeing. The accompanying tool kit supports local businesses to increase their awareness of children in the community and become more child friendly. The service has a piloting charter and toolkit in a number of local businesses including the local hairdresser, funeral home and mechanic.
- The service program is underpinned by the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results for the local area. To support developing the areas of emotional resilience and social understanding, the educators at the service have developed ‘Statements of Intent’ to guide practice and frame their thinking. The Statements of Intent provide provocations from leading pedagogical theorists and includes questions raised by the educators and children at the service.
- The service has created an art studio and a digital art studio. The children used the digital art studio to create a stop motion animation highlighting the issue of loneliness in the local community. Following a screening of the video at the ChangeFEST conference, the children who made the video presented a question and answer session.
- The Learning Loft is an adjacent office space acquired by the service for team meetings, program meetings and professional development. The Learning Loft is also used as a space to mentor and coach new educators. The service makes The Learning Loft space available to community organisations at no cost.
- The service has developed a unique afternoon literacy program designed to engage children with a variety of literature in an entertaining way. One of the educators dresses up as ‘Miss Read’, a grandmotherly character who visits the service in the afternoons to read the children stories. The program occurs at afternoon pick up time to reinforce to families the importance of reading to children.
As a leader in the sector, Rosie’s Early Learning has developed a local network of educators called the ‘Partners in Pedagogy’ (PIP). The 20 strong group of early childhood educators and primary school educators meets to discuss and deconstruct thinking around early childhood education. One of the strategies developed helped kindergarten children transition to school. Other projects have involved a focus on World Health Organization data on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five. The outcomes from the research and project work of the PIP provides positive outcomes for children and families in Logan and beyond.
About the Excellent rating
Services that receive ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ in all seven quality areas can apply for the Excellent rating. The Excellent rating is awarded for three years. After this time, services have the option to re-apply.