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UWA Early Learning Centre achieves first for WA with Excellent rating

The University of Western Australia Early Learning Centre has achieved a first for WA and has been awarded an Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

The Excellent rating is the highest rating a service can 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.

The presentation of the official Excellent Rating Certificate took place on 24 June 2014 at a special event with the Minister for Local Government, Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering, and Youth, the Hon Tony Simpson MLA and ACECQA Board Member for Western Australia, Mark Brown.

“It’s very exciting to award the first Excellent rating to a service in Western Australia and to publicly recognise UWA Early Learning Centre’s outstanding commitment to improving quality outcomes for children in Australia,” Brown said.

“Services awarded the Excellent rating must demonstrate exceptional education and care, leadership, a commitment to continuous improvement and forward planning, and a willingness to share their knowledge with other parts of the sector.

“This is a great outcome for children attending UWA Early Learning Centre.

“The awarding of the Excellent rating indicates that services are embracing the new national standards and recognise the importance of providing quality education and care for children in Australia,” Brown said.

Minister Simpson also congratulated UWA Early Learning Centre on its outstanding achievement.

“This service provides quality care and education and is developing innovative programs that really make a difference,” Simpson said.

“It is incredibly rewarding to know these children are attending a service that understands the importance of making the most of child’s education from the beginning,” Simpson said.

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