The National Quality Standard includes seven quality areas, in each quality area includes standards. These standards are high-level outcome statements. Under each standard are elements that describe the outcomes that contribute to the standard being achieved within the service. The following lists the documentation services that are required to have in order to support the achievement of each quality area from 1 to 7.
The aim of Quality Area 1 is to ensure that the educational programs and practices of educators are child-centred, stimulating and maximise opportunities for enhancing and extending each child’s learning and development. In the school-age care context, the aim of this Quality Area is to see that the program nurtures the development of life skills and complements children’s experiences, opportunities and relationships at school, at home and in the community. The following article provides FDC Compliance Responsibilities Of QA1, Documentation Of Assessment, How Compliance Is Monitored, Consequences For Non-Compliance and more.
The National Quality Area Reflection Questions Posters area is to be used as a guide for reflecting on each of the standards within each area. Use the information from these questions to recognize good practise or to change and improve what is not working well. It can also be used as part of a Self-Assessment or Quality Improvement Plan. These can be used as a display within the staff room or put into a folder to assist Educators in reflecting.
Quality Area 7 - Governance and Leadership enables services to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families by creating a service with skilled and engaged workforce, sound administrative and risk management systems, well documented policies and procedures, and a safe and healthy learning environment for children.
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