There is no manual or book of evidence that can make you exceeding.
Let’s get something straight.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A NQF/ NQS LIST/ MANUAL OR BOOK OF EVIDENCES TO MAKE YOU EXCEEDING. That is a NOT TRUE.
The NQS is outcome based. So it is about using professional judgement and expertise to make informed decisions about how you meet the standards based on reflection, assessment and improvement, as long as you meet the regulations and relevant legislation in your work. If we have a list of evidence to work on we would all be the same and we would stay the same.
Embrace your professionalism and research and new contemporary practices to be the best.
How are you building your QIP?
After numerous conversations with educators around the country it makes me wonder how some services build their QIP. Is it only created by ‘what goes wrong’?
That’s just crisis management.
The quality improvement plan should be much more that. It should build quality improvement across all elements and standards. If you do not reflect and assess each element how do you know if or how well you may or may not be meeting the element. Some may say that’s not necessary but what will happen if we don’t. You will have a QIP created by the nominated supervisor only where improvement is very limited, not embedded or consistent and usually based on what we have always done in the past. Most of the educators, families and children will not have a clue about what is even in the QIP.
Let’s look at some options to create a QIP.
Centre A chooses to build their QIP built on the crisis basis based on what is a problem in the service based on what they have always done ‘the historical cultural beliefs’ and of the educators, training of the past, some ‘childcare whispers’ and some readings about the issue.
Their quality improvement is limited to areas of need and the educator’s research about fixing an issue. Occasionally they recognise a strength and note it in the QIP. They rely on what they have always done, what they learnt during their training undertaken many years ago. Limited improvement occurs.
Centre B chooses to build their QIP built on a weekly reflective task on each element which is assessed for strengths and identified issues. Each element is identified, reflected and assessed from different perspectives based on current research, knowledge and perhaps some contemporary practice on a weekly basis. Each group of educators critically reflects on each element, their practice and identifies their strengths, thoughtfully creating a vision of what they want to achieve and their path for improvement to build their QIP.
This is absolutely unique to their service. Each service will determine how they will meet the elements/standards. There is ‘no set recipe’ to follow. Each service will be different and unique. The input from educators, families and children together with the diversity and difference of each service will build improvement and practice which should be as diverse as they are. In addition to this, the service may identify practice linked to the elements which may be highlighted in the service as a strength or identified issue which will also be added to their quality improvement plan. This service commits to their shared vision, ‘living’ their path to improvement which is embedded and consistent across the service community. They update their QIP regularly and celebrate their steps to success. The changes and improvement in the service is visual and dynamic. The professional expertise and judgement can be seen and your service community is reaping the benefits. The improvement is visual. It is what you do. It is you and your practice. It is not in a folder of evidence. The professional growth is unique and HUGE.
It’s important to always remember this: If the NQS ceased to exist tomorrow we would want to be the best we could be. That’s more important to any dedicated passionate professional.
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