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Excellent rating awarded to Kindamindi Pre-School

Kindamindi Pre-School in Inverell has been awarded the Excellent rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

The pre-school has demonstrated a wide range of outstanding practices and programs to improve outcomes for children and families, including a strong commitment to its Indigenous children and families.

ACECQA CEO Karen Curtis said the Excellent rating was the highest rating a service could achieve under the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care. Only services that have received an overall rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard may apply to ACECQA for the Excellent Rating.

“We are extremely pleased to be awarding the Excellent rating to this service in Inverell, which has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving quality outcomes for children in Australia,” Curtis said.

“This is another important milestone for ACECQA’s NQF journey and is a great outcome for children.

“The awarding of the Excellent rating indicates that services are embracing continuous quality improvement.  The Excellent rating recognises providers who are champions of quality improvement and are really raising the bar on what quality education and care looks like for Australian children.”

Curtis congratulated Kindamindi Pre-School on its outstanding achievement.

About the service

Kindamindi Pre-School demonstrated excellence in the areas of:

  • collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations;
  • commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin; and
  • practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth.

Kindamindi also demonstrated leadership that contributes to the development of a community, local area and the wider education and care community, and commitment to sustained Excellent practice through continuous improvement and comprehensive forward planning

The service has demonstrated a strong commitment to its Indigenous children and families that respects, reflects and celebratesculture and diversity. The service has a strong and respectful relationshipwith the local Indigenous community and is proactive in building and maintaining supportive relationships. These relationships have facilitated the service in providing children and families with a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture, which is particularly evident from the Aboriginal artist in residence program.

Kindamindi has a long history of working collaboratively with its local Indigenous community which has resulted in alarge number of Indigenous families wishing to send their children to the service, approximately 40-50 per cent of children enrolled at the service are Indigenous. Kindamindi provides fee support to its Indigenous families and has allocated two Aboriginal identified educator positions at the service. Thisprovides the Indigenous families a sense of belonging at the centre and educators are instrumental in leading programs that reflect, respect and ensure that culture is embedded in the daily programming and planning.

The service also supports the health and welfare outcomes for its children and offers families support in caring for their child. A notable strength of the service’s program is its partnership with a speech pathologist and the strong outcomes that have resulted for children at the service from this partnership.

Kindamindi also demonstrated that it has thoughtful practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth. In particular, the service’s natural environments and programs that are implemented to promote children’s exploration and understandings of sustainable practices are exemplary.


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One comment

  1. Cassandra Di Bello

    What a great article!

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