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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

Early learning must be a priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

More than 40 leading child welfare, education and research organisations have endorsed a new call by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and SNAICC – National Voice for our Children to ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receive quality early learning and family support.

3 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Goodstart Early Learning Advocacy Manager John Cherry talks ECEC state of play ahead of election

As we approach two key elections, one federal and the other state, early childhood education and care (ECEC) is being thrust into the news as all sides of politics seek to communicate their policy positions to the electorate.

2 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Urgent call for epilepsy specific training – “First aid is not enough” EA says

Less than 5 per cent of education sites across Australia have received epilepsy specific training, exposing children to unnecessarily high levels of risk, Epilepsy Australia (EA) has said.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Two years of high-quality teacher/child interactions predict children’s learning outcomes

US-based researcher, Robert Carr, along with researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has found that higher quality learning environments in the years before school are associated with ongoing high levels in children’s language and literacy skills, regardless of the quality of the school-based classrooms they went on to learn in.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Q4 2018 ACECQA snapshot shows more centres re-assessed as exceeding

The latest ACECQA snapshot report, released yesterday in relation to Q4 2018, showed 270 or 26 per cent, of all services that were subjected to a reassessment by their state or territory regulatory authority between October and December 2018 either maintained their prior rating of exceeding or saw an improvement from a working towards or meeting rating to exceeding.

7 days ago

by Jason Roberts