Clunes Preschool and the National Quality Framework
From the 1st January 2012, Clunes Community Preschool and all other children’s services, childcare centres, preschools and daycares in Australia began to operate under the Education and Care Services National Regulations. This is the legislation under which care and education services must operate. It includes the National Quality Standard (the assessment and rating system that ensures all services meet an acceptable level of quality). You can read more about the National Quality Framework here http://acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-framework/
Implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia is also mandatory under these Regulations. The Early Years Learning Framework informs the staff as they develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognises that children learn through their play. The Framework focuses on your child’s learning. It asks us to work with you in order to get to know your child well, create a learning program that builds on your child’s interests and abilities, and keep you in touch with your child’s progress.
Through the Framework’s five learning goals, we will assist your child to develop:
- a strong sense of their identity
- connections with their world
- a strong sense of wellbeing
- confidence and involvement in their learning; and
- effective communication skills.
When the educators observe your child at preschool, we are looking to see if he or she is making progress in these areas of development. We encourage families to talk to the educators about their child’s learning and progress.
Our preschool is part of Preschools NSW, the Northern Rivers Preschool Alliance, the Northern Villages Rural Preschools, and Early Childhood Australia. Find out more about what preschool is and what it can offer your child at Preschools NSW (http://www.preschoolsnsw.org.au)