Ratings Review Panel decisions

Under the National Law, ACECQA is responsible for administering applications from approved providers for second tier reviews of rating levels.

Second tier review decisions are made by a panel of three experts drawn from ACECQA’s ratings review panel pool. Summaries of the decisions that have been made to date are available below:


STR0026

Decision: ‘Approved provider’ and Regulatory Authority [2017] ACECQARRPstr0026  (26 April 2017) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Assessing risk -  minimum standards – compliance - cumulative risk – point in time assessment – role of Significant Improvement Required rating 

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Overall rating

Significant Improvement Required

Significant Improvement Required

STR0025

Decision: ‘Approved provider’ and SA Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board [2017] ACECQARRPstr0025  (28 February 2017) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Regular critical reflection – inconsistencies in planning – enhancing the program and learning through the environment – consistent promotion of sustainable practices – arrangement and organisation of educators – engaging families to significantly contribute to decisions – review governance arrangements at service level 

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

1.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS
1.2.3Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
3.2Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
Quality Area 4Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 6

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

6.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

6.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
Quality Area 7Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
7.1Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
7.2Meeting NQSExceeding NQS
7.3Meeting NQSMeeting NQS


STR0024

Decision: ‘Approved provider’ and NSW Department of Education [2017] ACECQARRPstr0024 (28 February 2017)   PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Children self-serving at mealtimes – children’s agency – compulsory group times – children’s being asked to wait – promoting health – minor adjustment policy – effective steps and strategies – risk assessments – effectively organised – flexibility to respond – encouraging environmental responsibility in the community – panel to conduct reviews as it sees fit  

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

1.1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

Quality Area 2Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
2.1Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
2.3Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
Quality Area 3Meeting NQSExceeding NQS
3.2Meeting NQSExceeding NQS
3.3Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
Quality Area 5Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
5.2Meeting NQSMeeting NQS


STR0023

Decision: ‘Approved provider’ and NSW Department of Education [2017] ACECQARRPstr0023 (23 January 2017)  PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Reassessment – point in time assessment – inconsistent practice – each child experiences warm and responsive interactions – each child is able to engage with educators – conflict resolution with younger children

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 5

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

5.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

5.1.1

Not Met

Not Met

5.1.2

Not MetNot Met

5.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

5.2.2Not MetNot Met

STR0022

Decision: ‘Approved provider’ and NSW Department of Education [2016] ACECQARRPstr0022 (15 August 2016) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary:  Evidence of practice that exceeds the standard - child protection awareness actively raised with families - opportunities for self-initiated play and exploration - children actively contributing to sustainability - organisation of educators contributes to a high quality environment - children display confidence in their environment - range of opportunities for families to  contribute to service decisions - each child participates fully in the program - review of governance arrangements contributes to effective management - evaluation of service in partnership with families

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

2.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
2.2Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

2.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
3.1Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
3.3Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 4

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
4.2Meeting NQSExceeding NQS

Quality Area 5

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

5.1

Meeting NQSExceeding NQS

5.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
Quality Area 6Meeting NQSExceeding NQS
6.1Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
6.2Meeting NQSExceeding NQS
6.3Meeting NQSExceeding NQS

Quality Area 7

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
7.1Meeting NQSMeeting NQS
7.2Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS


STR0021

Decision: 'Approved provider’ and Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of SA [2016] ACECQARRPstr0021 (13 January 2016)  PDF DOC

Catchword summary: The difference between Meeting and Exceeding – inconsistent implementation of ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluation

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

1.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS


STR0020

Decision: 'Approved provider’ and NSW Department of Education and Communitities [2016] ACECQARRPstr0020 (13 January 2016)) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: The difference between meeting and exceeding – interactive process that drives development of program - critical reflection – establishing links with community and support agencies – facilitate access to inclusion and support assistance – review of governance arrangements – good quality practice expected at a Meeting NQS level

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

1.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

2.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

Quality Area 4

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

4.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 6

Working Towards NQS

Meeting NQS

6.3

Working Towards NQS

Meeting NQS

6.3.1

Not met

Met

6.3.3

Not met

Met

Quality Area 7

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS


STR0019

Decision: 'Approved provider’ and NSW Department of Education and Communitities [2015] ACECQARRPstr0019 (8 December 2015) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Working Towards NQS – staff performance review and appraisal –performance sometimes evaluated – plans to encourage continuous improvement

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 7

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

7.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

7.2.2

Not met

Not met


STR0018

Decision: 'Approved provider’ and Qld Early Childhood Education and Care, Department of Education and Training [2015] ACECQARRPstr0018 (11 November 2015) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Exceeding NQS – attuned to the needs of all children – effective supervision – actively raise awareness of child protection issues – active participation by children – enhance the learning environment– actively encouraging engagement – modelling strategies – children learning collaboratively – positive behaviour guidance – families offered opportunities for active service involvement – opportunities for families to be actively involved and significantly contribute to service decisions – information provided to families in accessible format – information available to families to support parenting and family wellbeing – seeking feedback from families

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

2.3

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

3.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.2

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

Quality Area 5

Meeting NQSExceeding NQS

5.2

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

Quality Area 6

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

6.1

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

6.2

Meeting NQSExceeding NQS


STR0017

Decision: ‘Approved Provider’ and WA Department of Local Government and Communities [2015] ACECQARRPstr0017 (11 September 2015) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Exceeding the NQS – educational leadership – ‘suitably qualified’ educational leader – effective curriculum – induction processes – governance arrangements – continuity of educators – statement of philosophy – self-assessment – Quality Improvement Plan – continuous improvement – individual development plans – performance management – action plans – professional development

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 7

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

7.1

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

7.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

 

STR0016

Decision: ‘Approved Provider’ and NSW Department of Education [2015] ACECQARRPstr0016 (30 June 2015) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Exceeding the NQS – insufficient evidence – design and location of the premises – all outdoor and indoor spaces – inclusive environment – promoting competence – independent exploration – learning through play – professional standards embedded in practice, interactions and relationships – high level of collaboration – respectful and equitable relationships – consistently warm and responsive interactions – open interactions – each child is consistently included and involved in the program – sensitive and responsive relationships – collaborative learning opportunities

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

3.1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

3.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

Quality Area 4

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

Quality Area 5

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

5.1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

5.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS


STR0015

Decision: 'Approved Provider' ACT Government Education and Training Directorate [2015] ACECQARRPstr0015 (02 March 2015) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Maximising learning through routines and the broader program – transitions – critical reflection – child protection – legislative requirements across jurisdictions – educator collaboration – respectful interactions – children’s decision making – positive behaviour guidance – dignity and rights of children

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.3

Not Met

Not Met

1.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

1.2.3

Not Met

Not Met

2.3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.3.4

Not Met

Not Met

4.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

4.2.2

Not Met

Not Met

4.2.3

Not MetNot Met

5.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

5.2.2

Not MetNot Met

5.2.3

Not MetNot Met

STR0014

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0014 (15 October 2014) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Each child – foundation of program – assessing routines on an unusual day at the service – ongoing cycle of planning – critical reflection – first tier review timeframe

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.2

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.3

Not Met

Not Met

1.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.2.1

Not Met

Not Met

1.2.2

Not Met

Not Met

STR0013

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0013 (9 September 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Asthma and anaphylaxis qualification requirements – at all times – reassessment – practice of emergency procedures

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1.4

Not Met

Not Met

2.3

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.3.3

Not Met

Not Met

STR0012

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0012 (9 September 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Comparability of ratings – relationships with families

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 6

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

6.1

Meeting NQS

Exceeding NQS

STR0011

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0011 (21 May 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Programming documentation, Critical reflection, reflective practice, critical reflection pro-forma.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

1.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

STR0010

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0010 (21 May 2014) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Routines and maximising learning – changing practice on the day of the visit – each child’s learning – participation in the program – maximising learning in the broader program – allocation of time within a visit – each child’s agency – choices – planning for individual children – integration of observations into planning cycle – critical reflection – opportunities to provide information.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.3

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.6

Not Met

Not Met

1.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.2.1

Not Met

Not Met

1.2.3

Not Met

Not Met

STR009

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria [2014] ACECQARRPstr0009 (16 April 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Routines and maximising learning – each child – participation in the program – inconsistent quality – supporting children’s engagement – each child’s agency – choices – planning for individual children – ongoing cycle of planning – information clearly displayed – protecting children from harm and hazard – bottle feeding supervision – appropriate opportunities to meet each child's needs for sleep, rest and relaxation – plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are practised and implemented – limited resources available – provisions to support open ended experiences – staffing arrangements – interactions with children that build trusting relationships – opportunities for meaningful, open interactions between children and educators – positive behaviour guidance – dignity and rights of children – effective administrative systems.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.1

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

Quality Area 3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

3.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

Quality Area 4

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

4.1

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

Quality Area 5

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

5.1

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

5.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

Quality Area 7

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

7.3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

STR008

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2014] ACECQARRPstr0008 (24 February 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Routines and maximising learning – each child – participation in the program – assessor verbal feedback – critical reflection on children’s learning and development – physical activity indoors – flexible use, and interaction between indoor and outdoor space – access to resources – quality experiences in both built and natural environments – sustainable practices – performance evaluation of educators, co-ordinators and staff members – individual development plans – support performance improvement.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.3

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.5

Not MetNot Met

1.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

1.2.2

Not MetNot Met

1.2.3

Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.2.2

Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

3.1

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

3.1.3

Not MetNot Met

3.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

3.2.1

Not MetNot Met

3.2.2

Not MetNot Met

3.3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

3.3.1

Not MetNot Met

3.3.2

Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 7

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

7.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

7.2.2

Not MetNot Met

STR007

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria [2014] ACECQARRPstr0007 (6 February 2014) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: inconsistent quality and routines – consistent use of routines to support learning opportunities, inconsistent quality and promoting children’s agency, importance of observations during the Assessment and Ratings process.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.3

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.6

Not Met

Not Met

STR006

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0004 (21 November 2013) PDF DOC

Catchword summary: Exceeding the NQS - each child’s health is promoted - rest and relaxation experiences - healthy eating and physical activity are embedded in the program - spontaneous activity – insufficient evidence - each child is protected - supervision practices - analysis of incidents and risk assessments - family and community awareness of child protection issues - design and location of the premises – absence of any accidents - flexible use and interaction between indoor and outdoor space - inclusive environment - independent exploration and learning through play.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

2.1

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

2.2

Meeting NQS

Meeting NQS

2.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

STR005

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0005 (21 November 2013) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: First aid qualifications – compliance with regulations, documentation of staff development plans

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1.4

Not Met

Not Met

Quality Area 7

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

7.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

7.2.2

Not Met

Not Met

 

STR004

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0004 (21 November 2013) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Approved learning framework informs the development of a curriculum – each child –  program is organised in ways that maximise learning - ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluation – plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are practised and implemented – plans are developed in consultation with relevant authorities.

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.1

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.3

Not MetMet

1.2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

1.2.1

Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.3

Working Towards NQSWorking Towards NQS

2.3.3

Not MetNot Met

Quality Area 3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

3.2

Meeting NQSExceeding NQS

3.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 4

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

4.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 6

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

6.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

6.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

6.3

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

Quality Area 7

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.1

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

7.2

Meeting NQSMeeting NQS

STR003

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0003 (27 August 2013) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Planned and spontaneous physical activity – each child –sustainable practices

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.2.2

Not Met

Not Met

Quality Area 3

Working Towards NQS

Meeting NQS

2.1

Working Towards NQS

Meeting NQS

3.3.1

Not Met

Met

STR002

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0002 (24 July 2013) PDF | DOC

Catchword summary: Approved learning framework informs the development of curriculum – each child – critical reflection – routine sleep times – natural environments – sustainable practices – professional standards guide practice

 

Regulatory authority decision

Ratings Review Panel decision

Quality Area 1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.1.1

Not Met

Not Met

1.1.2

Not Met

Not Met

1.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

1.2.3

Not Met

Not Met

Quality Area 2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

2.1.2

Not Met

Not Met

2.1.3

Not Met

Met

Quality Area 3

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

3.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

3.2.1

Not Met

Not Met

3.3

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

3.3.1

Not Met

Not Met

3.3.2

Not Met

Not Met

Quality Area 4

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

4.2

Working Towards NQS

Working Towards NQS

4.2.1

Not Met

Not Met

STR0001

Decision: 'Approved Provider' and NSW Department of Education and Communities [2013] ACECQARRPstr0001 (26 March 2013) PDF | DOC
Catchword summary: Appropriate opportunities to meet each child's needs for sleep, rest and relaxation - routine sleep times and non-sleepers
 Regulatory authority decisionRatings Review Panel decision
Quality Area 2Working Towards NQSMeeting NQS
2.1Working Towards NQSMeeting NQS
2.1.2Not MetMet