In September 2010, the centre undertook its full validation process under the Quality Improvement and Acceditation System (QIAS) and has participated in NCAC spot checks. In gaining accrediation, the centre demonstrated high quality in many areas including Quality Areas 2 (Partnerships with Families); 3 (Programing and Evaluation); 4 (Children's Experience and Learning) and 7 (Managing to Support Quality). The validators comments included: "The centre uses a post modern approach to programming and documenting learning, an emergent curriculum, reflective journals and portfolios and has incorporated the EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework) into their documentation and practices." "Children can access a wide variety of open-ended experiences in both indoor and outdoor environments which are made of natural, man-made and recycled materials. Children have the opportunity to choose where to play, either indoor, outdoor or visit a sibling, friend or educator in another room. Children were observed to be engaged for long periods of time and that educators effectively supervised all areas of the environment which children can access" The next review is due January 2013 under the National Quality Framework.
The new National Quality Framework came into effect on the 1 January 2012. This has involved the introduction and implementation of the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011). The Education and Care Services National Law Act (2010) and the National Quality Standard (20111). This important reform will deliver a higher standard of care for children in the critical areas of education, health and safety and will provide clearer and comprehensive information for families so they can choose the best services for their child. The National Quality Standard are linked to the National Early Years Learning Framework (2009) which recognise that children learn from birth. Combined, and with the inclusion of the components to inform and guide educators in the delivery of nationally consistent and high quality experiences and programs across Australia.
For more information on the new National Quality Standard, see www.acecqa.gov.au