How to identify goals to work on – Goal template

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Identifying and working to achieve goals is a simple way to help people improve.

The following goals are examples and not an exhaustive list. We suggest you develop goals based on the issues or problems you’re having in your room/service.

Relationships with Children

1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.3, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 6.1.2, 6.2.1

  • Show children by our actions they can trust us and that we’re always there for them
  • Improve the quality and amount of information on children and families we share with team members
  • Increase our expectations for all children and consistently encourage them
  • Reflect on whether we’re really including each child’s interests in the curriculum
  • Look for the reasons children act inappropriately and never blame the child
  • Change teaching practices to work with each child’s strengths and preferred learning styles
  • Include children in setting rules for the room and outdoor play area
  • Focus more on teaching children about emotions and feelings
  • Increase interactions with children who are quieter and less outgoing than other children
  • Include more activities which are based on children’s cultures and heritage
  • Implement home visit program for new and current children

Relationships with Families

6.1.1. 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3

  • Learn to confidently talk to all parents at drop off and pick up times
  • Learn all parents’ names
  • Improve the quality and amount of information on children and families we share with team members
  • Provide more interesting information about each child’s day and learning with their family
  • Encourage families to share relevant information by discussing child’s daily routines at service, interests, achievements etc
  • Increase level of family input and showcase it in our curriculum
  • Advise all families about our complaints procedure and who to contact
  • Discuss available inclusion support at next staff meeting
  • Educational Leader to discuss access to inclusion support with relevant families
  • Clean up parent library so it’s attractive and has current information on parenting and community organisations
  • Invite families to an evening sausage sizzle once every quarter
  • Implement a Facebook Page open to service families only
  • Review our orientation procedure for families and children to make sure everything covered

Relationships with Community

6.2.2, 6.2.3

  • Choose several community organisations to develop connections with eg organisations which children or families attend, cultural groups or relevant businesses
  • Learn more about local support services and organisations

Safety

2.1.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3

  • Properly implement a risk management process – identify, assess, remove/ minimise, monitor
  • Always assess risk of new equipment and activities before involving children
  • Teach children how to safely use equipment and complete activities
  • Learn to immediately remove or reduce an identified risk
  • Understand what effective supervision requires eg constantly supervise children when included in ratios – no phones etc
  • Always tell team members if moving locations or temporarily leaving the room
  • Be able to confidently discuss children’s medical managements and risk minimisation plans
  • Practise our emergency evacuation procedures more often to increase confidence of children and staff
  • Practise all identified emergencies eg lockdowns

Child Protection

2.2.3

  • Learn to confidently identify the indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Ensure everyone’s aware of service visitors and never leave children alone with them
  • Be aware of what team members are doing and take action if they take children into secluded areas
  • Learn how to report abuse or neglect
  • Ensure educators always speak appropriately in front of children

Sustainability

3.2.3

  • Include more practices which protect and respect the environment in service operations
  • Include more learning and activities about environmental issues and practices in our curriculum
  • Ask families for clean milk containers and get children involved in planting herbs etc in them

Professional Interactions

4.2.1, 4.2.2

  • Learn to recognise and use the unique skills and knowledge all team members bring
  • Improve understanding of professional interactions eg appearance, respect, interactions, privacy
  • Look for solutions to staffing issues, room routines, cleaning duties etc
  • Speak directly with a team member about issues of concern and tell them how you feel/why this is a problem for you
  • Learn to confidently implement the complaints procedure if there’s still an issue after talking with the person
  • Learn to confidently share knowledge and ideas about teaching practice

Teamwork

4.1.1, 4.2.1, 4.2.2

  • Improve the level of support and encouragement provided to team members
  • Get all team members to understand that it is everyone’s job to clean and comfort and care for children
  • Improve the level of communication between team members so we all know what’s happening and who may need help
  • Have regular 5-10 minute team meetings

Collaborative learning

1.1.1, 1.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 5.2.1

  • Increase opportunities for children to share ideas and knowledge
  • Be confident to research issues that I don’t know anything about and learn with the children
  • Rearrange the outdoor spaces so children can engage in small, uninterrupted group play
  • Collect lots of natural resources for loose parts play and bring inside the room

Intentional Teaching

1.2.1, 1.2.2

  • Become more aware of opportunities for intentional teaching eg as they emerge from daily activities and experiences
  • Educational Leader to highlight cases from previous week’s curriculum/documentation showing educators how they could have implemented intentional teaching

Extending learning

1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2,

  • Look for opportunities to extend learning that can go on for days or even weeks
  • Learn to extend learning without relying on equipment eg use children’s relationships and connections with community
  • Educational Leader to highlight cases from previous week’s curriculum/documentation showing educators how they could have extended learning

Physical Activity

1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 2.1.3, 6.1.3

  • Increase the amount of physical activity included in the daily curriculum
  • Learn to recognise the physical activity that is included in daily activities eg cleaning, getting resources, emptying compost
  • Implement new activities eg yoga, dance, ball skills
  • Reduce the amount of time children spend watching TV, YouTube etc at the service
  • Increase the amount of physical activity which offers challenges to children eg climbing trees

Healthy eating

1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.2.1, 2.1.3, 6.1.3

  • Only eat healthy food in front of children
  • Talk about healthy food more with children eg what makes it healthy, how to cook eat, how it tastes, how to grow it
  • Improve our service veggie garden
  • Implement more cooking activities with children
  • Learn more about the Australian Dietary Guidelines/Infant Feeding Guidelines
  • Review our menu against the Australian Dietary Guidelines/Infant Feeding Guidelines
  • Provide more information to families about healthy eating eg simple and quick recipes, info on salt/sugar

Hygiene

1.1.3, 1.2.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 6.1.3

  • Improve our knowledge about infection control procedures
  • Learn to always implement infection control procedures
  • Teach children cough, sneeze, nose blowing etiquette
  • Learn when we should be wearing gloves
  • Learn to reduce incidences of cross contamination
  • Learn how to store perishable food properly
  • Learn how long perishable food can be kept at room temperature
  • Increase the number of times the bathroom/toilet is cleaned daily
  • Make sure the room is clean and tidy at the end of every day
  • Develop or improve our cleaning schedules
  • Learn to confidently refuse entry to children who are ill or may have an infectious disease

Physical environment

2.2.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3

  • Display a supervision plan ie where educators must stand in the outside play area
  • Sand the wooden cubby house to remove all splinters of wood
  • Ensure all educators know how to clean and maintain the sandpit,
  • Replace sliding door so children can move more easily from indoor to outdoor environment
  • Implement progressive morning teas which allow children to move freely around environment and activities
  • Design a dry creek bed for outdoor area

Learning Documentation

1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 7.2.2

  • Learn to write less but make it more meaningful
  • Learn not to repeat what’s in a photo
  • Learn how to document progress or achievement of learning outcomes
  • Keep portfolios up to date so there is no mad rush at the end of the year
  • Involve children in completing their learning documentation
  • Keep a current record of children’s progress against the learning outcomes
  • Improve the way we display our learning documentation to encourage family involvement

Business Practices

7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3

  • Improve our recruitment and induction practices
  • Hold monthly staff meetings for all service staff
  • Invite all staff members to contribute to staff meeting agenda
  • Complete annual professional development appraisals with training plans
  • All staff members can calculate ratio requirements for children at service
  • Improve management systems to ensure staff always have appropriate qualifications and child protection clearances eg diary system and registers maintained
  • Work on Quality Improvement Plan every week
  • All staff contribute to Quality Improvement Plan
  • Progress notes are added to Quality Improvement Plan every week where relevant
  • Improve the security of personal information
  • Ensure that records which are archived for certain periods in line with the Regs are accessible and easy to identify
  • Ensure all staff members know what a serious incident is
  • Ensure all staff members know that complaints about a breach of the law or that the health or wellbeing of children is being compromised must be reported to the Department

Business Documentation

7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.2.3

  • Look up those policies and procedures we’re not very familiar with
  • Use the ACECQA Guide to the Regulations to become more familiar with the Regulations
  • Use the Use the ACECQA Guide to the NQS to become more familiar with the NQS
  • Make it easier to access our policies and procedures, and the Regs/NQS
  • Develop an organisation chart which clearly shows who everyone reports to
  • Develop a new Statement of Philosophy which is based on our core values

Business Practices

7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3

  • Improve our recruitment and induction practices
  • Hold monthly staff meetings for all service staff
  • Invite all staff members to contribute to staff meeting agenda
  • Complete annual professional development appraisals with training plans
  • All staff members can calculate ratio requirements for children at service
  • Improve management systems to ensure staff always have appropriate qualifications and child protection clearances eg diary system and registers maintained
  • Work on Quality Improvement Plan every week
  • All staff contribute to Quality Improvement Plan
  • Progress notes are added to Quality Improvement Plan every week where relevant
  • Improve the security of personal information
  • Ensure that records which are archived for certain periods in line with the Regs are accessible and easy to identify
  • Ensure all staff members know what a serious incident is
  • Ensure all staff members know that complaints about a breach of the law or that the health or wellbeing of children is being compromised must be reported to the Department

Reflection

1.3.2, 7.2.1

  • Learn to reflect on better ways to do things during daily activities
  • Learn to think about things as if I was a child, parent, colleague etc – how might I feel, what might I think?
  • Develop a mindset of continuous improvement – there’s always a better way to do things

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