Full marks for TW Children’s Centre

Two Wells Community Children’s Centre received some fantastic news on September 19.
Many years of hard work and preparation were rewarded with an exceptional result in their National Quality Standards (NQS) assessment, which took place on August 1.
The centre and its staff were assessed in seven areas; educational program and practice, children’s health and safety, physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships with families and communities, and leadership and management.
They received the highest rating possible in all seven areas, and awarded an overall ‘exceeding’ rating for the centre, a very rare occurrence.
TWCCC acting director, Narelle Palmer, explained their rating was heavily based on their quality improvement plan (QUIP), which the centre as a whole has been working on for a number of years.
“It has been a huge focus for a long time in staff meetings and closure days,” Narelle said.
The day of the assessment saw the staff observed by representatives from the Education Standards Board (ESB) followed by an intense five-hour discussion.
“For us as a service it’s a great acknowledgement of what we do,” she said.
“It’s that recognition and reassurance that we are providing quality care for our children.”
TWCCC assistant director, Jacinta Leighton, described the assessment as a real team effort.
“There was lots of community involvement with families putting their hands up to help out, especially in regards to the look of the centre,” Jacinta said.
Childcare and Kindy were assessed together for the first time as an integrated centre, and the favourable outcome was due to, “an enormous amount of reflection and evaluation,” believes kindy teacher, Chrissie Scott.
Staff members celebrated the fruits of their hard work with a well-earned Sunday lunch in the Barossa Valley, while the children of the centre remain un-phased by the accolade and continue to enjoy their playing and learning environment.

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