UOW Pulse Children’s Services’ strong investment in professional learning over the past 12 to 18 months has paid off big time.
All four of its Kids’ Uni children’s centres in Wollongong have achieved a Exceeding National Quality Standard rating under the National Quality Framework.
This 100 per cent NQS success rate is highlighted by the fact the national average was only 33 per cent according to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
UOW Pulse Children’s Services manager Kellie Grose said its investment in professional learning was paramount in its success.
“In particular we've been working around an approach known as circle of security, which included a full day training session with Dr Robyn Dolby,” she said.
“That also included a lot of follow-up in residence programs where we had specialists in this area working alongside our educators to support them in implementing this approach with young children.
”We have also been involved with an organisation called Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEN).
Our team is thrilled to have received an Exceeding rating across six of the NQS’ seven quality areas.Shanae Ware
“This sustainability project helps us look at how we can reduce food waste for children and support the growing of fresh produce in the service, which we are then using in our kitchens.”
An overall rating of Exceeding NQS is given to services that go above and beyond the requirements of the NQS in at least four of the seven quality areas.
This rating acknowledges the commitment to quality by educators in particular to enhance and promote children’s learning and wellbeing through relationship based, inclusive, play based practices
This was well and truly met by all four services, especially the Kids’ Uni CBD centre in Ellen St, Wollongong.
“Our team is thrilled to have received an Exceeding rating across six of the NQS’ seven quality areas,” director Shanae Ware said.
“Our careful planning and focus on building and nurturing relationships with children and families to achieve the best educational and developmental outcomes for children were highlighted as being exceptional.”