Forest Hill Community Preschool is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, who receives funding from the state government and is regulated, licensed and funded by the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care (www.dec.nsw.gov.au). The Preschool works under National Quality Standards and National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework which is overseen by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
ACECQA is a national entity, which will oversee important changes to early childhood education and care and school age care in Australia. Education and care plays a vital role in the lives of Australian children and their families and we want the best possible outcomes for our children. They will oversee the National Quality Standard and how it is applied across the country and ensure that services are meeting the new requirements.
ACECQA is responsible for the following;
National Quality Framework
The National Quality Framework took effect on 1 January 2012 with key requirements being phased in over time. Requirements such as qualification, educator-to-child ratios and other key staffing arrangements will be phased in between 2012 and 2020.
The new system replaced state and territory licensing and national quality assurance process, (previously Children’s Services and National Childcare Accreditation Council).
The objectives of the National Quality Framework are;
The National Quality Standard sets a new national benchmark for the quality of education and care services. It will also give services and families a better understanding of a quality service. This will enable families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. The National Quality Standard is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework. It brings together the seven key quality areas that are important to the outcomes for children.
The seven quality areas are:
If families require more information on National Quality Standards please speak to the Preschool’s Director or go to www.acecqa.gov.au
Preschool Policies and Quality Improvement Plan
Forest Hill Community Preschool‘s policies are located in the library and are available on this website.
Policies are reviewed regularly.
If you have any queries regarding these policies please see the Director.
Parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to policy development and our quality improvement plan.
Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework aims to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. The framework provides broad direction for educators in early childhood settings to facilitate children’s learning. It guides educators in their curriculum decision-making and assists planning, implementation and evaluations.
The framework has specific emphasis on play-based learning and it communicates these expectations through the following five Learning Outcomes: