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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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Templates and Documentation

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

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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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We love to hate them!

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

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Don’t Follow On. Do Extend Learning.

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

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What is it like to go through assessment and rating?

Posted on by Robyn Parnell

Since January 2012, many services around the country have undergone assessment and rating. Have two assessment and rating experiences been the same? Probably not. How can they be? Each service is unique in meeting the NQS elements and each assessor assesses differently. Think about how we assess children’s learning. We collect information about the child to assess whether they are meeting the outcome. The assessor does … read more

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Passion versus Reason

“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

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Teaching factories versus rich learning environments

I’ve recently been watching some of Sir Ken Robinson’s videos. One of my favourite quotes is “teaching is a creative system, not a delivery system.” What does this mean in practice? Well, he makes the point that you can be busy going along educating children, engaged in the activity of teaching, but the children may not actually be learning anything.

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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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Head Lice and Nits

What do you do if a child at your Service has head lice (they’re the adult insects) or nits (eggs)? Staying Healthy Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services  says there is no need to send the child home immediately head lice are detected, and that children can return to the Service the day after head lice are detected if they are being … read more

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Outdoor play

  How many of the children at your service live in an apartment or townhouse with limited space outside for play and physical activity? Modern urban living often involves higher density housing with limited areas for children to actively explore their environment.

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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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