The little things in the NQS elements that get missed

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In February 2018 the number of NQS elements was reduced to 40, but the overall content was not reduced. ACECQA added more detail to the remaining elements, meaning they’re more jam packed with little sub-sections that are easily missed. In this part of our seminar we will teach you how to understand those sub-sections and more importantly how to meet and exceed them. This is a very important topic as Authorised Officers are getting to know the elements in more detail and are asking for evidence which shows how you’re meeting those sub- sections.

2.2.1 Supervision

At all times, reasonable precautions and adequate supervision ensure children are protected from harm and hazard.

Write the key words from the element.

all times

reasonable precautions

adequate

supervision

children are protected from harm

children are protected from hazard

This is an example of a poorly written element that doesn’t follow the usual rules of English.  The subject of the sentence (in this case ‘children’) is normally at the start of a sentence.  This is normally followed by the direct object (in this case ‘hazard’) and the indirect object (in this case ‘harm.’)

 

To write it correctly it should go subject, verb, direct object and indirect object.

Children are protected from hazards that cause harm.

 

The second part we need to explore is who and how are educators protecting children from harm. See how the educator becomes the subject of the sentence and now the subject needs a verb after it.

 

  • Educators take reasonable precautions to protect children from hazards that cause harm.
  • Educators adequately supervise to protect children from hazards that cause harm.

 

  • Administration staff take reasonable precautions to protect children from hazards that cause harm.
  • Administration staff adequately supervise to protect children from hazards that cause harm.

 

Now a little different for Nom Sup,  Ed and Room Leaders

  • Nominated Supervisors take reasonable precautions to protect children from hazards that cause harm.
  • Nominated Supervisors adequately supervise all educators to ensure they protect children from hazards that cause harm.

 

  • Educational Leader takes reasonable precautions to protect children from hazards that cause harm.
  • Educational Leader ensures they teach and assess all educators to protect children from hazards that cause harm.

 

  • Room Leader takes reasonable precautions to protect children from hazards that cause harm.
  • Room Leader ensures they teach and assess all educators to protect children from hazards that cause harm.

 

 

 

3.2.1 Inclusive environment

Outdoor and indoor spaces are organised and adapted to support every child’s participation and to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments. 

 

Let’s pull another element

7.1.3 Roles and responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and understood, and support effective decision making and operation of the service.

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