Category Archives: OSHC
Your time is your life. Everyone gets 24 hours in a day, yet some people accomplish a great deal more in their day than others. Although, most people rarely think of it this way, ‘time’ is simply another word for ‘life’. This week’s blog helps you with time management. Identify who and what is stealing your time and strategies to track the flow of your day … read more
We provide tips and strategies to help you create and maintain an effective team of Educators. View the full article here: Are you and your Educators working as a team?
I had an interesting chat with my car mechanic the other day. He was telling me some funny stories about some of the things people thought were wrong with their car, only to find that they’d accidentally changed some feature of the car or didn’t fully understand what the feature did.
In July, Centre Support made a submission to the Federal Government’s 2014 review of the NQF. The submission included 11 recommendations for changes to the NQF to address issues we have identified directly or through consultation with our customers. It is very pleasing to see that many of our recommendations have been included in the Regulations Impact Statement (RIS) that has been released for public consultation. … read more
Is ACECQA’s lack of action to address consistency destroying the NQS? ACECQA says ‘we hear you” but are they really actively listening to what is going on out here in EC? Maybe they don’t want to hear what is really going on. While many of our clients are deservedly achieving ‘exceeding,’ we are also seeing regular inconsistency in other clients’ ratings. For example, there are comments … read more
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 … read more
Is it okay to use templates when documenting children’s learning? Yes!!! I am so sick of hearing rubbish like “you can’t get exceeding using a template” or “the program has to be in a scrapbook, or on a computer or IPad.” What a load of childcare whispers! We constantly use templates every day – think about the forms you fill in, the checklists you complete, the … read more
Is your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) based on a needs approach or a reflective/assessment approach? The introduction of the NQS has led quality improvement across the whole profession. Initially many of us had lots of issues to put in the QIP based on what we were not doing or the elements we weren’t meeting. We often completed our QIP around the ‘catastrophes’ at hand or our imminent … read more
Every service must have the policies required by the regulations but do they? And do the policies actually reflect what educators and staff do? Many educators will tell you they know what is in their policies, but often this is not the case. Do they really believe they know or are they just fibbing? We have regulations to make sure certain standards are achieved and maintained. … read more
What do you say to an assessor who says “show me how this links?” Read on to find out and to clear up the confusion! Several weeks ago Centre Support posted a blog about the “follow-on”. This is a concept that most would associate with our old developmentally appropriate program of the past. “Follow on” referred to the next logical or linear experience that educators would … read more
I was talking to an experienced director about pedagogy the other week and we spoke about the importance of the relationship in teaching children, following their lead and the opportunities for intentional teaching within the meaningful context of the children’s engagement. We spoke at length discussing how we documented the significant learning each day within the environment with reference to how we enacted the principles and practices … read more
Well it’s been just over 2 long years since the introduction of the NQF, 18 months since the commencement of assessment and rating of the NQS and over 4 years since the EYLF was introduced. How have we all coped with the change? It’s been exhausting for most of us! Our effort has been HUGE. We wait for our turn for assessment and rating… Mmm… when … read more
“Childhood has become the battleground of the unreasonable.” Wow! I read that statement recently and it certainly got me thinking. What Professor Andrew Whitehouse meant, as he goes on to explain, is that so many activities, theories and practices around early childhood evoke a passionate response. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except he believes in some cases that passion can override reason. I must admit … read more