Western Australia’s Midvale Early Childhood and Parenting Centre has established a program that can help in pushing the quality of early childhood education and care forward.
The centre, located at the Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia, was recently visited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) General Manager of Communications and Engagement Rebecca Lloyd, and General Manager of Strategy and Operations, Georgia Ramsay, to monitor and guide the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The childcare centre formed a Young Parents Education Program a year ago for individuals aged 16 to 19 years to help them complete their secondary studies or get a Certificate II or III qualification.
The program is designed by Midvale Early Childhood and Parenting Centre for teenage parents who have not completed their education and who don’t have any formal qualifications to enable them to be employed for work or to pursue further studies.
“We’re a community based centre so it’s really important to us that we are part of the community, from looking after children from birth through to outside school hours care for school age children, to providing support to young mothers in our community,” said Midvale Early Childhood and Parenting Centre Hub Co-ordinator Raeleen McAllister.
She said the centre has welcomed the new standards created under the NQF and the Early Years Learning Framework.
McAllister reported that 15 young parents have already finished the Gaining Entry into Tertiary Education Program for this year, and seven more parents are now enrolled for Certificate II qualifications.
The child care co-ordinator said that one of the best features of their centre is its connections to local schools in the region.
Another important feature of the centre is the close links it has with local schools in the area. The centre is currently operating five community playgroups and is facilitating three local school playgroups that concentrate on early childhood education and care.
ACECQA’s Rebecca Lloyd acknowledged Midvale Early Childhood and Parenting Centre for the diversity their service has in working to meet the standards under the NQF.
“While there are standards that every service needs to be working towards or meeting, there are many different ways to demonstrate how a service is meeting the needs of its local community,” she said.
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