The revised NQS now make it easier to use elements and standards.Within the first six months of 2018, services should concentrate on getting to know the revised quality areas and use that understanding to update their QIP,” she says, who offers a fee-for-service to guide centres on updating their QIP.“Also, make sure if you cater for school-aged children that the care ratios are correct and that your planning aligns with the changes.”She adds: “Make sure that every educator is booked into child protection training.
Ensure you have the latest version of the Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics.
And so, it’s never been easier for early childhood centres to understand how to achieve quality in their workplaces.
Have you printed out the guide to the National Quality Framework yet? Sure it could be a handy doorstop, but we’ve wheeled in our resident quality expert, Michelle Rogers, to show us how it could be even more useful to your centre.
In this blog, she tells us what we need to focus on first and there’s even a handy free webinar she created for those ready to do a deeper dive.
More recently her contact, Dave Harris, who started working for Educa, helped put it back on her radar.
She says of Educa: “I know this would be perfect for our childcare services in Australia”.“I feel it’s vital we get our services to an exceeding level in Quality Area 1: Educational Program and Practice and feel that Educa is the right path to do this,” says Michelle, whose been solely working with centres on quality since the National Quality Framework (NQF) was introduced in 2012.
There are online and external courses available, but if you are having trouble finding the right course for your area contact your regulatory authority and ask for their preferred training course.”Michelle urges centre managers to seek NQS help if they are uncertain.
This includes quizzing their regulatory authority to find out exactly where or what they need to report as requirements have changed.“They used to have to complete lengthy forms for even small incidents and report these so you can imagine the paperwork!
This is because previously the standards were more open to interpretation.