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Improving Service Quality – what the research says

Where do early childhood education services put their focus when it comes to improving quality? What are the differentiating factors between a service that is Meeting vs Exceeding standards? These are the types of questions that sparked ACECQA to commission a research study that looks at the characteristics and drivers of quality improvement in long […]

Building the rural and regional workforce – what strategies are in place and what can be done now?

Early education workforce shortages are increasing across Australia, exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. Many overseas-born early childhood educators returned to their home countries this year and may not be back, while many early childhood education students have had their graduations delayed as they have been unable to undertake placements this year. New approaches will […]

School readiness questions asked

School readiness. Are there two words more likely to provoke ‘lively discussion’ in any group of early childhood educators? Then if you bring some parents and school teachers into the group, and add another two words –  say, ‘standardised testing’ – that discussion will almost certainly escalate from ‘lively’ to ‘heated’. School readiness as a […]

Commonwealth pulls the plug on NQA - NSW Letter

Is this the end of the National Quality Agenda?

The Commonwealth is unplugging the powerhouse that drives the national quality framework.  The Minister’s announcement to end the National Quality Agenda partnership with States and Territories has the potential to set early education back decades. This is not the expectation of CELA and the early education sector that we represent. Collectively, we have invested millions of dollars and uncountable productive hours over the past nine years striving […]

Keep calm and meet the assessor

Keep calm and QIP it! The story of an unexpected R&A inspection

What would you do if your service only had one business day to submit your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and just eight business days to prepare for an assessment and rating by the NSW regulatory authority? This happened to Emma Armitage, Centre Coordinator of Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre, a 47-place long-day care service managed by the City of Canada Bay, Sydney, when their written notification was lost in the mail. Emma’s been at the three-year-old service since day one and built her team from the ground up. Here’s their story, as told to CELA writer Margaret Paton.

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