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Did you know that an average Centre Manager spends between eight and 20 hours per week behind a desk just to stay on top of the requirements of the National Quality Standards? For most of us, what really matters is developing strong relationships, reciprocal relationships benefiting children, families and educators. We developed Sprout to solve this specific problem, letting you get back to doing what you do best.

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How do I achieve compliance?

Achieving compliance in childcare is a simple matter of maintaining quality standards – ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, families and staff.

Every approved childcare service is assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards (NQS) – the benchmarks set by the NQF.

Learn more about the NQF

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice

Quality Area 1 of the National Quality Standard focuses on ensuring that the educational program and practice of educators are child-centred, stimulating and maximise opportunities for enhancing and extending each child’s learning and development.It recognises that a quality program that builds on children’s individual knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests is likely to have long term benefits for children and for the broader society.

A guide to theorists in early education

Reflection questions for Quality Area 1

Including children’s voices in program and practice

Quality Area 2: Children's Health And Safety

Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard reinforces children’s right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their health and safety. Educators support this when they promote each child’s
wellbeing and healthy lifestyle, and support each child’s growing competence, confidence and independence.

How to use checklists to support you in QA2

Quality Area 3: Physical Environment

Quality Area 3 of the National Quality Standard focuses on the physical environment. The physical environment is critical to: contributing to children’s wellbeing, creativity and developing independence, providing a diverse range of experiences that promote children’s learning and development, keeping children safe, and creating/organising spaces to reduce the risk of injury.

Quality Area 4: Staffing Arrangements

Quality Area 4 of the National Quality Standard focuses on the provision of qualified and experienced educators who develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program. A collaborative and ethical culture where professional standards guide all aspects of practice is critical to a quality service.

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Ten tips to solving your staffing struggles

Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children

Quality Area 5 of the National Quality Standard focuses on educators developing responsive, warm, trusting and respectful relationships with children that promote their wellbeing, self-esteem, sense of security and belonging. Relationships of this kind encourage children to explore the environment and engage in play and learning.

How do assessors assess the dignity and rights of the child?

Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities

Quality Area 6 focuses on supportive, respectful relationships with families which are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children. Community partnerships that are based on active communication, consultation and collaboration also contribute to children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing.

Quality Area 7: Governance and Leadership

Quality Area 7 focuses on effective leadership and governance of the service to establish and maintain quality environments for children’s learning and development. Effective leaders establish shared values for the service that reflect the service context and professionalism and set clear direction for the service’s continuous improvement. Governance refers to the systems in place to support effective management and operation of the service, consistent with the service’s statement of philosophy.

Resources to make the journey to Exceeding easier

Sprout is your partner is Exceeding the National Quality Standards. To support you, we have put together some a library of resources that for you to use, free of charge.

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