The purpose of the National Quality Framework Excellent rating is to:
- celebrate excellence in the delivery of education and care
- engage and involve families and the community in the profession’s discussion about quality, and what is important in education and care
- learn from and be inspired by examples of highly accomplished practice, innovation and creativity in education and care
- promote and reinforce the value of education and care, and of the people who work in this sector
- recognise providers and educators who are champions of quality improvement.
Criteria for the Excellent rating:
The service exemplifies and promotes exceptional education and care that improves outcomes for children and families across at least three of the following themes:
- Collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations
- Commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin
- Inclusive partnerships with children and families
- Positive workplace culture and organisational values
- Practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth
- Sustained commitment to professional development and support of educators.
The application will nominate at least three excellence themes, explain how each is supported and promoted through the service’s practice, and demonstrate how those practices improve outcomes for the participating children and families.
2. The service demonstrates leadership that contributes to the development of a community, a local area, or the wider education and care sector
Leadership is about guiding, influencing and inspiring change. Leadership can be bold and far-reaching, or subtle and local, and still be influential. Leadership occurs in many ways and takes different paths, from local networks to new technologies.
A service aspiring to an Excellent rating can be a leader in its community and/or the wider education and care sector. The application will show how the service takes the initiative to develop and model exceptional practice that improves outcomes for children and families and is willingly shared to inspire and educate others.
3. The service demonstrates commitment to sustained Excellent practice through continuous improvement and comprehensive forward planning
A service aspiring to an Excellent rating is not only exceptional across several practice themes; it embraces the responsibility of maintaining excellence and pursuing opportunities for further improvement. The application will show how the service will sustain exceptional practice and leadership, and continue to improve outcomes for children and families, over the three year rating period.
Note: These criteria have been determined and published by ACECQA in accordance with s153(1) of the Education and Care Services National Law. Each of these criteria must be met by approved education and care services for ACECQA to award the highest rating level – the Excellent rating.
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Version 2 – May 2013