Quality care

Because quality care leads to excellent humans.

In Australia, the National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services in Australia.

The NQS includes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children and care services are assessed and rated against these outcomes. Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre is proud of our record of consistently exceeding the benchmarks as defined below.

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7 Quality Areas

Educational Program and Practice

Educational program and practice of educators are child-centred, stimulating and maximise opportunities for enhancing and extending each child’s learning and development.

Children’s Health and Safety

Children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that safeguards and promotes their health, safety and wellbeing.

Physical Environment

Physical environment is safe, suitable and provides a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children’s learning and development.

Staffing Arrangements

Qualified and experienced Educators, who develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program.

Relationships with Children

Relationships with children are responsive, respectful and promote children’s sense of security and belonging.

Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Collaborative relationships with families are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children, and community partnerships based on active communication, consultation and collaboration are essential.

Governance and Leadership

Effective leadership and governance of the service contributes to quality environments for children’s learning and development. Effective leaders establish shared values for the service and set clear direction for the service’s continuous improvement.