Starting from scratch: scrapping the QIP on the path to exceeding NQS

Spensley Street outside school hours care (OSHC) co-ordinator Lisa Heard describes deleting the quality improvement plan (QIP) for her service as “the best thing” she ever did, and an integral part of supporting her service to move from a rating of “working towards” to “exceeding” the National Quality Standards (NQS).  

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Gold Coast inter-generational care facility to be developed by former Affinity CEO

A company connected with Justin Laboo, former CEO of Affinity Education Group (AEG), has purchased a 7,732 sqm site in Robina on the Gold Coast that is to be developed into a 148 room intergenerational care facility adjacent to a new 95 place early education centre, the Gold Coast Bulletin has reported.

7 days ago

by Jason Roberts

Help to unlock healthy eating available for disadvantaged WA families

A state-wide nutrition program for disadvantaged parents and families has been announced for Western Australia, targeting children aged zero to five years of age, supported through Foodbank WA and Healthway.

9 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Childcare centre contacts Don Burke for expert advice about garden planting

Designing natural outdoor spaces for children to play in and enjoy has some additional challenges when occurring in an early childhood education and care (ECEC) environment. As well as regulatory considerations, approved providers also need to consider the safety and wellbeing of children and educators, and the types of plants best suited to the environmental conditions.

25 days ago

by Freya Lucas

How facing challenging situations can prepare children for school

Children are going back to school soon and, for many, it may be a time of change. Maybe it is your child’s first year of school, their first year of high school, or maybe they’re switching schools.

a month ago

by Jennie Hudson, Macquarie University