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1 October 2012 National Quality Framework Assessment & rating overview and authorised officer training Podcast Series: 4

2 Presentation overview 1.Role of the authorised officer 2.Ensuring reliability and consistency 3.Authorised officer training 4.Assessment and rating visit

3 Overview of the role of an authorised officer

4 The Department of Education, Training and Employment The department is the regulatory authority in Queensland There are almost 100 authorised officers (AOs) including 20 Early Childhood Managers and Team Leaders across the state responsible for: assessing and rating early childhood education and care services monitoring compliance with regulatory standards and supporting continual quality improvement. 1. AO role overview

5 Authorised officer role Authorised officers have knowledge, expertise, professional values, integrity and the ability to develop respectful working relationships, which will give them credibility with the services they are assessing and monitoring, the families of the children in those services, and the broader sector. (ACECQA) The introduction of national learning frameworks provides common understandings, especially about education and relationships Assessment is through observing practice discussing practice sighting of documents. 1. AO role overview

6 How has the role of the authorised officer changed under the NQF? High expectations The benchmark has been raised To assessing against NQS and regulatory standards From assessing against minimum standards Enhanced quality outcomes To assessment/ improvement focus From licensing/ compliance focus 1. AO role overview

7 Reliability/consistency of the assessment and ratings

8 Steps to ensure reliability and consistency Before the assessment and rating: Training and reliability testing During assessment and rating process: Quality checking by Early Childhood Manager or Team Leaders Future measures: Drift testing Ongoing training Nationwide practice principles 2. Reliability / consistency

9 External validation Before ratings published Validation of assessments from June-October across Australia Ratings only published when ministers are satisfied process is valid and reliable Not published until early Reliability / consistency

10 Assigning AOs to services Regions determine how visits are scheduled and AOs are assigned Considering: minimising risk of conflict of interest using available resources effectively Goal to achieve consistency in ratings irrespective of who assesses a service 2. Reliability / consistency

11 Authorised Officer (AO) training program

12 National training program Consistent application of the NQS means that two people trained to use the NQS should draw the same conclusions AO training program Rigorous assessment process Lead assessors trained by Professor Collette Tayler (University of Melbourne) Lead assessors trained AOs Additional training and assessment to ensure all AOs are reliable at assessing and rating 3. AO training

13 Overview of training topics Developing a common lens Planning for a visit Desktop review Conducting the assessment and rating visit Collecting the evidence The rating process Finalising the rating Reviews and re-rating 3. AO training

14 Overview of learning modes Group discussion Group work Role-play Presentations DVD vignettes Practice at assessing and rating services 3. AO training

15 DVD vignettes Underpin training Early Childhood Australia (ECA) was funded to collect examples of practice at varying quality across range of services and activities Practice at assessing and rating services Assist participants to see through the NQS lens 3. AO training

16 Using a common lens NQS is the lens that allows unbiased observation Common lens not about ‘doing exactly the same thing’ but:  applying the standards consistently  recognising the context  recognising that quality can be achieved in different ways 3. AO training

17 Before, during & after the assessment and rating visit

18 Before the visit

19 Planning the visit 12 weeks before* – request Quality Improvement Plan 6 weeks before* – set date for the visit Leading up to visit:  Desktop review o Quality Improvement Plan o Compliance history o NCAC history (if applicable)  Plan time management during the visit  Evidence planning  Negotiate time for discussion with service (*approximate time frames) 3. AO training Before the visit

20 Conducting the visit

21 AOs collect evidence using a combination of these three modes to determine if elements have been met, and when deciding the ratings to assign to standards and quality areas. Observe practice Discuss practice & procedures Sight policies and procedures 3. AO training Conducting the visit Types of evidence

22 AOs required to gather evidence using observe, discuss, sight write behavioural notes ask incidental questions schedule time to gather further information Visit should be collaborative in nature provide many opportunities to demonstrate quality 3. AO training Conducting the visit

23 Collecting evidence To ensure evidence collected is fair and valid, AOs are required to: take detailed notes be careful not to weight things that happen toward the end of the visit more heavily ensure time is used efficiently for sight evidence, use random sampling as there is not sufficient time to read everything 3. Authorised officer training Conducting the visit

24 3. Authorised officer training Conducting the visit AOs need to consider: if there are different levels of service delivery across a service including in different rooms, sessions, residences or venues. the impact this has on the experiences of each child in the service will inform the final rating. AOs will… collect additional information evaluate the influence on the child decide the impact on the final rating (acecqa.gov.au)

25 The end of the visit

26 3. Authorised officer training At the end of the visit Making minor adjustments Ratings shouldn’t be affected by minor matters that can be rectified quickly and easily, and do not seriously impact on a service’s quality or outcomes for children. Adjustments may be made when they: pose no risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of children have minimal impact on the quality of the service provided can be quickly and easily rectified are not one of numerous other minor matters may, if rectified, result in the service receiving a higher rating against the standard.

27 3. Authorised officer training At the end of the visit At the end of the assessment visit, AOs will: provide feedback, but not an indication of rating advise if they require additional information discuss any minor adjustments required advise the process going forward

28 Finalising the report

29 3. Authorised officer training Finalising the report The report: indicates how a service has performed against the NQS at a particular point in time supports the service to identify areas for continuous improvement draws on evidence obtained during the desktop review and assessment and rating visit Following receipt of the draft report services have the opportunity to provide feedback before the report is finalised.

30 Report prepared by AO Early Childhood Manager/AO review service feedback Early Childhood Manager/Team Leader reviews report Report finalised Visit undertaken and Minor adjustment policy implemented (if applicable) Draft report sent to service Service provides feedback (if they choose) Report process

31 Education and Care Services National Law Education and Care Services National Regulations National Quality Standard Early Years Learning Framework & Framework for School Age Care (or other approved learning framework) Guide to the National Quality Standard Guide to the National Law and National Regulations 2 Guide to Developing a Quality Improvement Plan 4 Guide to the National Quality Framework 1 Source Documents Resources National Quality Standard Assessment and Rating Instrument Guide to Assessment and Rating for Services Guide to Assessment and Rating for Regulatory Authorities Support Documents 3

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