The importance of self-assessment in a culture of continuous quality improvement

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone shares her insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest.  ‘Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning’ – Benjamin Franklin The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to quality improvement for education and care services across Australia. A key objective of … Continue reading “The importance of self-assessment in a culture of continuous quality improvement”

The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 5

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. A statement of philosophy guides all aspects of your service operations and your approach to achieving quality outcomes for children and families. But how can this statement be a living document that is the foundation for continuous improvement every day? In … Continue reading “The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 5”

The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 4

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. In the previous instalment, we explored the way collaborative relationships with families and the community can contribute to your quality improvement processes and goals. In part four, I want to build on this collaboration and focus on how engaging children’s voices … Continue reading “The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 4”

The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 3

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. How can families and the community contribute to your quality improvement processes and goals? How can these collaborative relationships support children and contribute to quality outcomes? In this third instalment, I turn my attention to the partnerships at the heart of Quality Area … Continue reading “The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 3”

The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 2

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. In the first instalment of this series, I explored the role of critical reflection in supporting and strengthening self-assessment and quality improvement planning processes. In this next part, I want to focus on the way professional collaboration can strengthen and inform both … Continue reading “The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 2”

The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 1

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. We know a comprehensive process of critical reflection, self-assessment and evaluation, along with a commitment to continuous quality improvement, is essential in contributing to and enhancing quality outcomes for children. But how often do we take time to reflect on the effectiveness … Continue reading “The cycle of self-assessment and continuous improvement: What do you need to consider? Part 1”

Tips for discussing practice at an Assessment and Rating visit

ACECQA’s Quality Support Program Team outlines the importance of articulating practice and provides practical tips to assist educators articulate the achievements and strengths of their service and team members during assessment and rating visits.  As an educator, your contribution to your service’s assessment and rating visit can really make a difference. The visit is your … Continue reading “Tips for discussing practice at an Assessment and Rating visit”

Assessment and rating for family day care service providers

The assessment and rating process can be a nervous time for educators and providers. To coincide with National Family Day Care Week earlier this month, we chatted to Eugenia Gabbiani, a family day care educator at the City of Casey in Victoria, about her experience being assessed and rated and her advice for other educators. … Continue reading “Assessment and rating for family day care service providers”

Family day care assessment visit

Nicole Vinken is the Acting Family Day Care Co-ordinator with the City of Greater Geelong. She has 20 years of experience in the early childhood sector in long day care and has been working in family day care since January 2012. Nicole has worked with the City of Greater Geelong for more than 17 years … Continue reading “Family day care assessment visit”

Our Journey to date – The Assessment Process

This month on the blog, director Julie Dowling of Discovery Early Learning Centre, Lauderdale, Tasmania, writes a personal account of the assessment process. Julie talks about how she led her staff and families to develop the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and how the educators became comfortable with the assessment process. Our assessment went for three … Continue reading “Our Journey to date – The Assessment Process”