Participating in accreditation programs assures both current and potential parents of GreythornECC that we are serious about the quality of the service that we provide.
We went through accreditation in November 2013.
Greythorn ECC holds the following accreditations:
Assessment and Rating
In November 2013 GreythornECC was rated Exceeding in all 7 areas of the National Quality Standard. We are due for another assessment soon.
All Children's Services approved under the Education and Care Services National Law are assessed and rated by their state or territory regulatory authority.
Services are assessed against the 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS) and given an overall rating based on these results.
The ratings are:
- Excellent rating, awarded by ACECQA
- Exceeding National Quality Standard
- Meeting National Quality Standard
- Working Towards National Quality Standard
- Significant Improvement Required
Services must display their ratings at the service. The quality ratings are published on the national registers and the Starting Blocks and MyChild websites. Ratings promote transparency and accountability and help parents assess the quality of education and care services available.
Assessment and rating is designed to be a collaborative process between the service and regulatory authority, with opportunities for services to discuss how they are meeting the National Quality Standard and enhancing outcomes for children.
Under the National Quality Framework, the Excellent rating can only be awarded by ACECQA. Providers with a service rated Exceeding National Quality Standard can apply for the Excellent rating. - See more at: http://acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-framework/assessments-and-ratings#sthash.xSOjDa1w.dpuf
Start Right Eat Right
The Start Right - Eat Right award scheme encourages and recognises long day care centres that provide nutritious and varied food for children. These centres serve food in ways that meet children's social, cultural and educational needs.
To receive the award centres must meet specific standards of excellence for safe, nutritious and varied food.
To motivate and encourage long day care centres to provide:
- At least 50% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of nutrients for children while in care
- A FoodSafe environment
- A supportive and enjoyable healthy eating environment.
How does it work?
To achieve the award long day care centres must have:
- A cook and coordinator who has completed recognised nutrition training such as: Food Service Planning for Childcare Centres or the Community Service unit CHCCN3C - Prepare Nutritionally Balanced Food in a Safe and Hygienic Manner
- Menus assessed to show that they provide at least 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake for children in their care
- Recognition of current FoodSafe practices by their local council
- A suitable Nutrition Policy to support these standards
- Assessment by a trained assessor.
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Children and babies attend early childhood services at times when levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation are at its highest. Young people's skin is extremely sensitive to UV radiation, and it can burn easily. GreythornECC has an up to date Sun Protection Policy and the staff also check the UV indicator every morning and display it in the foyer for everyone entering the Centre to observe.
GreythornECC also participates in the Early Childhood Membership Program with SunSmart which ensures that the Centre's policy is up to date. We evaluate our Sun Protection Policy every two years which allows us to continue to display the SunSmart logo outside the Centre.
For more information on SunSmart visit http://www.sunsmart.com.au/
Asthma Friendly Children's Services Program
The Asthma Friendly™ Children's Services Program has been developed by The Asthma Foundation of Victoria to provide a safer environment for children in kindergarten, childcare, family day care and out of school hours care.
The Program also gives staff the confidence and skills to care for a child with asthma, and gives parents peace of mind.
For more information please visit www.asthmaaustralia.org.au
Proudly Community Owned
Families and the community are often unaware of the differences between commercial (for-profit) and community owned (not-for-profit) centres. The 'Community Ownership Endorsement Scheme' was created to help parents and the community identify quality community owned and managed children's services, where they can share in shaping the focus of their service.
The Scheme is designed to help showcase what is unique and special about community owned child care and promote our services within an increasingly competitive and privatized market. Community owned children's services such as GreythornECC are owned by community groups or organisations, rather than by individuals. They are run on a not-for-profit, break-even basis by voluntary parents who make up the centre's Committee of Management.
Each year GreythornECC is required to apply for endorsement by the Community Child Care Association. For more information about this accreditation you can visit www.cccinc.org.au