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NationalQualityStandard

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1September2011
18Standards,58elements

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EDUCATIONALPROGRAMANDPRACTICE
AnApprovedLearningFrameworkinformsthedevelopmentofacurriculumthatenhanceseachchildslearningand
development.
Curriculumdecisionmakingcontributestoeachchildslearninganddevelopmentoutcomesinrelationtotheiridentity,
connectionwithcommunity,wellbeing,confidenceaslearnersandeffectivenessascommunicators.
Eachchildscurrentknowledge,ideas,culture,abilitiesandinterestsarethefoundationoftheprogram.

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Theprogram,includingroutines,isorganisedinwaysthatmaximiseopportunitiesforeachchildslearning.
Thedocumentationabouteachchildsprogramandprogressisavailabletofamilies.
Everychildissupportedtoparticipateintheprogram.
Eachchildsagencyispromoted,enablingthemtomakechoicesanddecisionsandinfluenceeventsandtheirworld.
Educatorsandcoordinatorsarefocused,activeandreflectiveindesigninganddeliveringtheprogramforeachchild.
Eachchildslearninganddevelopmentisassessedaspartofanongoingcycleofplanning,documentingandevaluation.

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Educatorsrespondtochildrensideasandplayanduseintentionalteachingtoscaffoldandextendeachchildslearning.

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Criticalreflectiononchildrenslearninganddevelopment,bothasindividualsandingroups,isregularlyusedtoimplementthe
program.
CHILDRENSHEALTHANDSAFETY
Eachchild'shealthispromoted.
Eachchildshealthneedsaresupported.
Eachchildscomfortisprovidedforandthereareappropriateopportunitiestomeeteachchildsneedforsleep,restand
relaxation.
Effectivehygienepracticesarepromotedandimplemented.
Stepsaretakentocontrolthespreadofinfectiousdiseasesandtomanageinjuriesandillness,inaccordancewithrecognised
guidelines.
Healthyeatingandphysicalactivityareembeddedintheprogramforchildren.
Healthyeatingispromotedandfoodanddrinksprovidedbytheservicearenutritiousandappropriateforeachchild.
Physicalactivityispromotedthroughplannedandspontaneousexperiencesandisappropriateforeachchild.
Eachchildisprotected.
Childrenareadequatelysupervisedatalltimes.
Everyreasonableprecautionistakentoprotectchildrenfromharmandanyhazardlikelytocauseinjury.
Planstoeffectivelymanageincidentsandemergenciesaredevelopedinconsultationwithrelevantauthorities,practisedand
implemented.
Educators,coordinatorsandstaffmembersareawareoftheirrolesandresponsibilitiestorespondtoeverychildatriskof
abuseorneglect.
PHYSICALENVIRONMENT
Thedesignandlocationofthepremisesisappropriatefortheoperationofaservice.
Outdoorandindoorspaces,buildings,furniture,equipment,facilitiesandresourcesaresuitablefortheirpurpose.
Premises,furnitureandequipmentaresafe,cleanandwellmaintained.
Facilitiesaredesignedoradaptedtoensureaccessandparticipationbyeverychildintheserviceandtoallowflexibleuse,and
interactionbetweenindoorandoutdoorspace.
Theenvironmentisinclusive,promotescompetence,independentexplorationandlearningthroughplay.
Outdoorandindoorspacesaredesignedandorganisedtoengageeverychildinqualityexperiencesinbothbuiltandnatural
environments.
Resources,materialsandequipmentaresufficientinnumber,organisedinwaysthatensureappropriateandeffective
implementationoftheprogramandallowformultipleuses.
Theservicetakesanactiveroleincaringforitsenvironmentandcontributestoasustainablefuture.
Sustainablepracticesareembeddedinserviceoperations.
Childrenaresupportedtobecomeenvironmentallyresponsibleandshowrespectfortheenvironment.
STAFFINGARRANGEMENTS
Staffingarrangementsenhancechildrenslearninganddevelopmentandensuretheirsafetyandwellbeing.
Educatortochildratiosandqualificationrequirementsaremaintainedatalltimes.
Educators,coordinatorsandstaffmembersarerespectfulandethical.
Professionalstandardsguidepractice,interactionsandrelationships.
Educators,coordinatorsandstaffmembersworkcollaborativelyandaffirm,challenge,supportandlearnfromeachotherto
furtherdeveloptheirskills,toimprovepracticeandrelationships.
Interactionsconveymutualrespect,equityandrecognitionofeachothersstrengthsandskills.

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RELATIONSHIPSWITHCHILDREN
Respectfulandequitablerelationshipsaredevelopedandmaintainedwitheachchild.
Interactionswitheachchildarewarm,responsiveandbuildtrustingrelationships.
Everychildisabletoengagewitheducatorsinmeaningful,openinteractionsthatsupporttheacquisitionofskillsforlifeandlearning.
Eachchildissupportedtofeelsecure,confidentandincluded.
Eachchildissupportedtobuildandmaintainsensitiveandresponsiverelationshipswithotherchildrenandadults.
Eachchildissupportedtoworkwith,learnfromandhelpothersthroughcollaborativelearningopportunities.
Eachchildissupportedtomanagetheirownbehaviour,respondappropriatelytothebehaviourofothersandcommunicate
effectivelytoresolveconflicts.
Thedignityandrightsofeverychildaremaintainedatalltimes.
COLLABORATIVEPARTNERSHIPSWITHFAMILIESANDCOMMUNITIES
Respectfulsupportiverelationshipswithfamiliesaredevelopedandmaintained.
Thereisaneffectiveenrolmentandorientationprocessforfamilies.
Familieshaveopportunitiestobeinvolvedintheserviceandcontributetoservicedecisions.
Currentinformationabouttheserviceisavailabletofamilies.
Familiesaresupportedintheirparentingroleandtheirvaluesandbeliefsaboutchildrearingarerespected.
Theexpertiseoffamiliesisrecognisedandtheyshareindecisionmakingabouttheirchildslearningandwellbeing.
Currentinformationisavailabletofamiliesaboutcommunityservicesandresourcestosupportparentingandfamilywellbeing.
Theservicecollaborateswithotherorganisationsandserviceproviderstoenhancechildrenslearningandwellbeing.
Linkswithrelevantcommunityandsupportagenciesareestablishedandmaintained.
Continuityoflearningandtransitionsforeachchildaresupportedbysharingrelevantinformationandclarifyingresponsibilities.
Accesstoinclusionandsupportassistanceisfacilitated.
Theservicebuildsrelationshipsandengageswiththeirlocalcommunity.
LEADERSHIPANDSERVICEMANAGEMENT
Effectiveleadershippromotesapositiveorganisationalcultureandbuildsaprofessionallearningcommunity.
Appropriategovernancearrangementsareinplacetomanagetheservice.
Theinductionofeducators,coordinatorsandstaffmembersiscomprehensive.
Everyeffortismadetopromotecontinuityofeducatorsandcoordinatorsattheservice.
Provisionismadetoensureasuitablyqualifiedandexperiencededucatororcoordinatorleadsthedevelopmentofthecurriculum
andensurestheestablishmentofcleargoalsandexpectationsforteachingandlearning.
Adultsworkingwithchildrenandthoseengagedinmanagementoftheserviceorresidingonthepremisesarefitandproper.
Thereisacommitmenttocontinuousimprovement.
Astatementofphilosophyisdevelopedandguidesallaspectsoftheservice'soperations.
Theperformanceofeducators,coordinatorsandstaffmembersisevaluatedandindividualdevelopmentplansareinplacetosupport
performanceimprovement.
Aneffectiveselfassessmentandqualityimprovementprocessisinplace.
Administrativesystemsenabletheeffectivemanagementofaqualityservice.
Recordsandinformationarestoredappropriatelytoensureconfidentiality,areavailablefromtheserviceandaremaintainedin
accordancewithlegislativerequirements.
Administrativesystemsareestablishedandmaintainedtoensuretheeffectiveoperationoftheservice.
TheRegulatoryAuthorityisnotifiedofanyrelevantchangestotheoperationoftheservice,ofseriousincidentsandanycomplaints
whichallegeabreachoflegislation.
Processesareinplacetoensurethatallgrievancesandcomplaintsareaddressed,investigatedfairlyanddocumentedinatimely
manner.
Servicepracticesarebasedoneffectivelydocumentedpoliciesandproceduresthatareavailableattheserviceandreviewed
regularly.