In January 2009, the Centre received Accreditation under the Federal Government’s Quality Improvement and Accreditation System.
To become Accredited, the service needed to complete a 5 step process as outlined by the National Childcare Accreditation Council. The key elements of this are compiling a self study report in conjunction with Centre staff, families and Committee of Management and being reviewed by a NCAC validator to ensure that the standards outlined in the self study are being incorporated into everyday practice.
The validation process occured over a two day period, and the Centre received a rating for the following 7 Quality areas, which incorporate 33 principles of Quality Care.
1Staff Relationships with Children and Peers
2Partnerships with Families
3Programming and Evaluation
4Children’s Experiences and Learning
5Protective Care and Safety
6Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing
7Managing to Support Quality
The Centre sees the accreditation process as a valued tool to examine and improve current practices and procedures.
For the time frame between being reviewed and submitting the next self study report, the Centre continues to work on its continuing improvement plan.