Presentation on theme: "National Quality Framework Self-assessment and Quality Improvement Planning Podcast Series: 2 April 2012 Draft and Confidential 1."— Presentation transcript:
1 National Quality Framework Self-assessment and Quality Improvement Planning Podcast Series: 2April 2012Draft and Confidential1
2 Presentation overview IntroductionReflection, self assessment and quality improvement planningThe Quality Improvement Plan/ earlychildhood / office / national / podcast.html
3 1. Introduction One of the key objectives of the National Quality Framework (NQF) is:to promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services
4 1. IntroductionThe introduction of changes associated with the quality reform agenda offers an opportunity to stop, reflect and rethink what we do and why we do things in particular ways.(Early Childhood Australia, Professional Learning Program)
5 1. Introduction Under the NQF, education and care services are required to:Assess their own practices against the National Quality Standard (NQS) and National RegulationsIdentify their strengths and areas for continuing improvementDevelop a Quality Improvement Plan that prioritises areas for improvement.
6 Reflection, self-assessment and improvement planning
7 2. Self-assessment and planning Before you begin:Become familiar with the 7 Quality Areas of the NQS and the related regulatory requirementsThe NQS can be found in Schedule 1 (page 325) of the National RegulationsRefer to the Guide to the NQS
8 2. Self-assessment and planning The Guide to the National Quality Standardincludes a set of reflective questions for eachQuality Area that serve as prompts to:explore actual practice at the servicedetermine the effectiveness of practice for all children and familiesdetermine relevance of the practice to the service and its stakeholdersconsider equity and fairness for all children, families and educators.
9 2. Self-assessment and planning Learning Framework Principle:Ongoing learning and reflective practiceWhat are my understandings of each child?What theories, philosophies and understandings shape and assist my work?Who is advantaged when I work in this way? Who is disadvantaged?What am I challenged by? What am I curious about?What aspects of my work are not helped by the theories and guidance that I usually draw on to make sense of what I do?Are there other theories or knowledge that could help me to understand better what I have observed or experienced?
10 2. Self-assessment and planning Conducting your self-assessment andimprovement planningCritically examine service practice - question how and why certain practices occurIdentify the service’s particular strengths and practices that can or should improveDocument your self assessment to inform quality improvement planning
11 The Quality Improvement Plan A requirement of the National Regulations
12 Continuous improvement: Quality Area 7 of the NQS 3. The Quality Improvement PlanContinuous improvement: Quality Area 7 of the NQS7LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE MANAGEMENT7.2There is a commitment to continuous improvement.7.2.1A statement of philosophy is developed and guides all aspects of the service’s operations.7.2.2The performance of educators, co-ordinators and staff members is evaluated and individual development plans are in place to support performance improvement.7.2.3An effective self-assessment and quality improvement process is in place.
13 3. The Quality Improvement Plan The Quality Improvement Plan is required to:Be informed by an assessment of the quality of practiceIdentify areas for improvementContain a statement of philosophy of the serviceBe updated at least annuallyBe available at the service for parents and the Regulatory Authority (DETE)Be submitted to the Regulatory Authority (6 weeks following notification of assessment and rating visit and on request)Be revised following the assessment and rating process (if required)
14 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Timing:Services licensed / approved prior to 1 January 2012:Must prepare their Plan by 30 April 2012Available on request by Regulatory Authority or parentsNew services approved between 1 January 2012 –31 January 2012:Must submit their Plan by 30 April 2012New services approved on/after 1 February 2012:Must submit their Plan within three months of grant of service approval.Draft and Confidential1414
15 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Quality Improvement Plan templateA template is available online from ACECQAIt is planned that in future, services will be able to complete the template online and upload when it is requested by the Regulatory Authority
16 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Quality Improvement Plan template includes:Service detailsStatement of philosophyAnd for each of the seven Quality Areas:Summary of strengthsSummary of each identified issueKey improvements sought for each identified issue
17 3. The Quality Improvement Plan The statement of philosophy of the serviceis unique to the service – different settings have different priorities, and different families, children, educators and staffoutlines the principles under which the service operatespromotes shared understandings of these principlesguides all aspects of the service’s operation including the development of educational program and practiceforms part of a culture of evaluation, self-review and improvementis reviewed at least annually, and revised if necessaryreflects the principles of the NQF and approved Learning Frameworks
18 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Principles of Learning FrameworksRespectful relationshipsPartnerships with familiesHigh expectations and equityRespect for diversityReflective practiceNational Quality FrameworkThe rights and best interests of the child are paramountChildren are successful, competent and capable learnersEquity, inclusion and diversityValuing Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culturesThe role of parents and families is respected and supportedHigh expectations for children, educators and service providers
19 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Principles inform philosophyHow do the principles and practices of the Learning Frameworks align with the principles and practices at your service?Some ideas will be consistent with your practices and knowledge, and some will be challenging, new…
20 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Summary of strengths and issues identifiedduring self-assessment
21 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Developing the Quality Improvement PlanFor each Quality Area, space is provided to record:The relevant standard or element (e.g. Standard 1.1, element 1.2.3)Priority for action – Low, Medium or HighSteps for getting the outcome – the actions that will be takenWhat the measure of success will beWhen the outcome is intended to be achievedNotes on progress, what has been done so far
22 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Quality Improvement Plan: example
23 3. The Quality Improvement Plan Revisiting and refreshing the Plan:At least annuallyAt any time when directed by the Regulatory AuthorityTriggered by suggestions made in the Assessment and Rating reportAs different issues or new understandings ariseWhen new children and families join the serviceAs a result of staffing or management changes
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