Branxton Preschool Achievements
The Early Childhood Education Week Awards were held once again at the Shangri-La Hotel and Resort, Sydney on Saturday 27th October. This was the largest celebration of the Early Childhood Sector in New South Wales with thousands of activities being presented to involve local communities, families and children. ‘Engage, Learn, Play….Play is Educational’ was this year’s theme and it was the perfect week to showcase our sector and the important services that are provided for the future of Australia, the children.
We were fortunate enough to final in 6 categories and on the night we came away with a win for "Best Early Childhood Education Week Activity - Regional". To say we were excited is an understatement. Branxton Preschool was the only community-based Preschool in attendance. Our team had a wonderful night showcasing our beautiful Preschool!
Nominated for the Newcastle Architecture Awards 2015 in two categories:
1. Educational Architecture
2. Small Project Award
The Early Childhood Education Week Awards were an inspirational acknowledgment of the best and most innovative activities presented by services during Early Childhood Education Week. Branxton Preschool submitted an entry based on our "Street Library" which was launched during this time.
We were fortunate enough to be listed as a finalist in the category of "Best Community Involvement Activity or Program". Members of our Educational team and Management Committee went to the dinner which was held in Sydney. While we didn't come away with an award this year, we all had a lovely time and have already started brainstorming ideas for our 2018 entries.
Branxton Preschool was contacted by Educational Experience to write a feature article for their upcoming edition of "EdEx" on "Transition to School".
We were honoured to share our knowledge and couldn't be happier with the way the article turned out.
In 2013 Branxton Preschool was assessed and rated under the National Quality Framework (NQF) in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010.
The National Quality Framework aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement in education and care services through:
the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care (National Quality Standard)
a national quality assessment and rating process
streamlined regulatory arrangements
a new national body jointly governed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments—the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)— to oversee the new system.
The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the NQF. The NQS consists of seven quality areas, each containing standards and elements, that children's education and care services are assessed and rated against.
Below is a list of the seven quality areas, along with Branxton Preschoool's rating:
QA 1 – Educational Program and Practice: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 2 – Children’s Health and Safety: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 3 – Physical Environment: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 4 – Staffing Arrangements: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 5 – Relationships with Children: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 6 – Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
QA 7 – Leadership and Service Management: Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
Final Overall Rating : Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)
Nola Hines Memorial Award for Excellence in Trainee workplace supervision
Workplace Excellence Award