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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 … read more

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How do you complete your Quality Improvement Plan?

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

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Myths and truths about planning

I hear over and over again from educators the confusion about what is planning and how we do this using the EYLF. In years gone past we would observe a rostered focus child to identify a need, then plan resources for that child to promote development toward that expected milestone -an expected measurement of a child’s physical development set by our Western society. So we were … read more

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Definite planned “follow-ons” – What a load of rubbish!

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

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Is it true?

Have you ever questioned what you have been told by educators from other services or what was written by an early childhood consultant? What happens if your assessment report contains information you think is outdated and not consistent with the NQS, the EYLF or the Regulations?

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Are nappy rash creams medications?

  How often do you have parents complaining that they have to authorise the use of nappy creams? Have you ever wondered whether a nappy cream or product is considered to be a medication in the Education and Care Regulations? Is medication actually defined in the Regulations?

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Collaborative Partnerships

  Quality Area 6 relates to collaborative partnerships with families and communities, but what does it mean to collaborate and how do we collaborate effectively.

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Responding to Bad News

  We seem to be regularly exposed to news of tragic events. How do you respond to questions children may have about these events, or to artworks they may create around events like bushfires, bombings or domestic violence?

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Are you having trouble meeting certain NQS Elements?

An Evaluation of the Assessment and Rating Process under the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care was recently released. One of the interesting findings was that four of the 58 NQS elements were met less often by services than other elements.

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Why do we have policies?

Why do we have policies? What do you do when parents insist that things are done in a way which doesn’t comply with your policies?

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Safety for Family Day Care

Safety is a critical issue for any childcare service. For family day carers there are likely to be extra safety matters to consider in and around the home. These matters may be in addition to the extra regulations covering things like safety glass and water hazards.    The “Family Day Care Safety Guidelines” booklet published by Kidsafe NSW and has loads of information on many things including … read more

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Some facts about family day care

Family Day Care is perhaps the fastest growing sector of childrens’ services. August 2012 figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show that the number of children using family day care and in home care services jumped 7% over the last 12 months.

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