Nearly 75 per cent of children’s education and care services have received a quality rating under the National Quality Framework (NQF) according to ACECQA's latest Snapshot report.
ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Karen Curtis said since assessment and rating began in 2012, the NQF has set a higher benchmark for children’s education and care services.
“The national assessment and rating system raises the bar on quality and continuous improvement, and services are making good progress in meeting standards that are more rigorous,” Ms Curtis said.
“In this edition of the Snapshot, ACECQA is able to provide more transparency around the performance of service types and by the classification of providers that manage these services. This level of detail will help drive improvement in our sector as the NQF continues to be implemented across the country.
“When we look at quality ratings by service sub-type, 85 per cent of preschool/kindergartens have been rated as Meeting or Exceeding, compared with 65 per cent of long day care and 61 per cent of outside school hours care services.
“And when we look at quality ratings by provider management type, 85 per cent of ‘State/Territory and Local Government managed’ services have been rated as Meeting or Exceeding, compared with 60 per cent of ‘Private for profit’ managed services,” Ms Curtis said.
These differences are not unexpected as they reflect a range of contextual factors, such as the service profile of these provider types, including the historical levels of government investment, staffing qualifications and regulatory oversight of different types of service.
Other highlights from the Snapshot include:
- 15,166 children’s education and care services operating across Australia
- 74 per cent of these (11,261) have received a quality rating, an increase of 47 per cent over the past 12 months
- 44 services have been rated as Excellent by ACECQA
Download the NQF Snapshot.
Professional recognition for NSW early childhood teachers
Early childhood teachers in NSW will need to provide the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) with evidence of their ACECQA approved or recognised qualification and a current Working with Children Check clearance before 18 July 2016 to meet new compulsory accreditation requirements.
Accreditation recognises the professional standing of early childhood teachers in the community and will see early childhood teachers recognised as teaching professionals alongside NSW school teachers.
BOSTES will send information packs to all NSW based services in the coming weeks, inviting early childhood teachers to register for accreditation. Visit the BOSTES website for more information.
Benefits of intergenerational programs
A report by the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) identified the benefits of shared site intergenerational programs in early education.
Researchers looked at sites where different generations share facilities, for example where children attend a preschool located on the same site as an aged care centre, and found that both groups benefit from sharing spaces.
The study highlighted increased literacy, social acceptance and life skills as the benefits to children while seniors involved in the program showed improvements in mood, mobility and interaction skills.
Read the full report, including interviews with educators who were part of the study, on the ISSI website.
You can also learn more about a similar program on ACECQA’s We Hear You Blog.
Nominations open for Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards
If you know an early childhood practitioner who is providing outstanding education and care to young children, you can nominate them for the 2016 Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards. The awards support the continuous improvement of early childhood education in Australia by recognising and awarding exceptional educational practice.