Consistent High Quality Ratings
All Child Care Centres which attract Child Care Benefit to offset the amount of fees paid by parents, have been visited regularly over the last 20 years, by the National Authorities for Child Care Quality. Consistently over this time, our Glandore Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre has achieved a rating which exceeded the National Quality Standards.
The current Regulatory Authority is the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). This is administered in South Australia by the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board SA. who send Assessors to visit and assess each centre against the National Quality Standards, and ensure the centre is complying with the Regulations under the Education and Care Services National Law.
The National Quality Standard sets a national benchmark for the quality of education and care services. It also gives services and families a better understanding of a quality service. This enables families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. More information about choosing a quality Child Care, Early Education Service can be found on the Starting Blocks website.
The National Quality Standard is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework. The development of the National Quality Standard was informed by research on best practice. The National Quality Standard has 7 key quality areas that the authority believes are important to outcomes for children.
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
These National Quality Areas contain 18 standards. These standards are high-level outcome statements. Under each standard sit elements that describe the outcomes that contribute to the standard being achieved. There are 58 elements in total. A high emphasis is placed on children’s health and safety, and the educational program.
In addition to being checked by the Licensing and Quality Authorities we are regularly inspected by the City of West Torrens for a food safety audit. All staff must have trained in Safe Food Handling Practices. The chef has a long checklist of items relating to the Food safety Regulations to complete regularly.
We continuously strive for improved quality in every area of our service. We have a Quality Improvement Plan which encompasses all of the above areas. The Plan is available to all, just ask Kerry or Sarah. We appreciate feedback and suggestions from families and staff.
We have a Policies and Procedures Manual, which was written to ensure compliance with all the Regulations and Quality Measures. This is available in the foyer for parents and staff to refer to. Staff are asked to review all policies we write or update, and to make comments and suggestions. We value parent input in this process, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Our Parent Accreditation Advisory Committee assists this process with discussions and critiques. If you are interested in joining, please mention it to Sarah or Kerry.