As early childhood educators, we are living through a formative and historic stage in our profession. Important developments in curriculum, compliance and management have recently come into effect. The Independent Schools sector has always operated in accordance with best practice in ECEC. Now, as well representing a broad range of philosophies and delivering unique programs, we all come under the umbrella of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The regulatory body for the NQF is the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), on which each state and territory is represented.
3. The National Quality Standard
The legal structures and regulations are interpreted for practical purposed into the National Quality Standard. There are seven areas covered in the National Quality Standard.
Educational program and practice
Children’s health and safety
Relationships with children
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Leadership and service management.
4. The National Assessment and Rating System
Commencing in June 2012, each service will be assessed by a representative of the regulatory body. The service will be audited according to the National Quality Standards and will receive a rating. In the immediate future, the rating will not be made public, but in time, parents will have access to online information so that they can make informed decisions about where they would like their children to be educated and cared for.
6. Belonging, Being Becoming, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The final component of the NQF is the curricular framework: Belonging, Being, Becoming. Select Curriculum on the left hand sidebar for detailed information.
Persons working in ECEC environments must be certified to supervise the children in their care. Under the new regulations you need to ensure that the relevant persons are registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) as a certified supervisor, or a nominated supervisor.
Our intention at Independent Schools is to assist you to negotiate the complex issues of curriculum and compliance and to have information at your fingertips. Follow the links on the left sidebar for detailed information about the National Regulations and the National Curriculum: Belonging, Being Becoming.
See below for resources to support your practice.
Health and Inclusion
Resources for working through the National Quality Framework