May 28th, 2019
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino came to Clarendon Children’s Centre today to announce Victoria’s plan to provide all three-year-old children with access to subsidised kinder.
Read the Government press release here.
We were so excited to be informed on July 5, 2018 that we have been awarded the Excellent rating – again!! This makes us one of only 16 services in Australia to have achieved this highest possible rating more than once.
Our ACECQA assessor said to me that we had “knocked it out of the park” and that we were assessed as “Excellent” on all five themes in Criteria 1 – we only had to address three of the five themes but we thought that we had a good case to apply for each of them.
Needless to say, I am so proud of our CCC team – this is a sensational achievement and most definitely the result of a whole team effort.
Specifically, ACECQA has determined that:
- CCC exemplifies and promotes exceptional education and care that improves outcomes for children and families, including by:
- demonstrating a commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin
- providing practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth
- maintaining positive workplace culture, organisational values, support of educators and sustained commitment to professional development
- fostering inclusive partnerships with children and families
- engaging in collaborative partnerships with professional, community and research organisations
- CCC demonstrates leadership that contributes to the development of a community, the local area and the wider education and care sector
- CCC demonstrates a commitment to sustained Excellent practice through continuous improvement and comprehensive forward planning
In the analysis report, ACECQA made specific mention of CCC’s Auslan Bi-lingual Program, support of educators through targeted professional development opportunities, innovative cooking programs and embedded commitment to culture and diversity. In her closing comments, the assessor notes that “CCC has demonstrated visionary leadership through its outstanding efforts to develop the community and the wider sector through advocacy, training and inspiring best practice in early childhood education.” High praise, indeed!
Following Julie’s very well received presentation at the ELAA conference a couple of weeks ago, we are excited to tell you that we have been approached by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to be a pilot centre in their new Early Years program – a project that is working to design a kitchen garden model specifically for the early years sector. The Foundation’s goal is for children to “cook and eat food that they grow” – Julie and Tommy will be participating on behalf of CCC. Julie has also agreed to repeat her conference presentation for the Stephanie Alexander team – while they have expertise working with primary school aged children, they have recognised that different approaches and skills are needed when working with younger children. I can’t think of a better person to show them the way!!
We were proud to be asked by the Victorian Department of Education to allow them to film this short video at our Centre as part of the launch of Victoria’s Early Childhood Reform Plan. Our State government believes in the importance of quality kindergarten for a child’s development and the new reform plan will support this.
Congratulations!! to our very own Sarah who was this week awarded the 2017 Agnes Farrance Award from Early Childhood Australia (ECA). This annual award is given to an early childhood educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to working within the early childhood teaching and caring profession. The Award provides financial support to enable the recipient to participate in a professional conference and to have the opportunity to share their experience with colleagues and peers. Sarah will use her prize to travel to Brisbane next week where she will attend (and give a presentation at) the Australian Council for Educational leaders (ACEL) 2017 Conference. Sarah’s presentation is about Distributed and Catalytic Leadership in Early Childhood.