Child­care a cut above the rest

Alpine Observer - - News - By ALEX CRAIG

MOUNT Beauty’s Lake View Chil­dren’s Cen­tre has been highly rated for ex­ceed­ing the na­tional qual­ity stan­dard for chil­dren’s ser­vices and care.

The cen­tre pro­vides long day care and kinder­garten pro­grams to fam­i­lies from the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley.

It is man­aged by Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices ( ACS), a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing six high-qual­ity early child­hood ser­vices through­out Alpine Shire.

ACS gen­eral man­ager Jenny Grif­fiths said Lake View had re­ceived an over­all rat­ing of ‘ Ex­ceed­ing the na­tional qual- ity stan­dard’ from the Vic­to­rian De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing dur­ing its most re­cent as­sess­ment.

This is the high­est pos­si­ble rat­ing for a chil­dren’s cen­tre in Vic­to­ria.

“It re­flects the depth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ded­i­ca­tion of our team of staff, and is also is in­dica­tive of the qual­ity of the ser­vice pro­vided to the com­mu­nity by Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices as a whole,” Ms Grif­fiths said.

The as­sess­ment is based on a ‘na­tional qual­ity frame­work’ in seven ar­eas – ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and prac­tice, chil­dren’s health and safety, phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, staffing ar­range­ments, re­la­tion­ships with chil­dren, col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships with fam­ily, and com­mu­nity and lead­er­ship and ser­vice man­age­ment.

As­ses­sors spent a day at Lake View, watch­ing the staff and chil­dren in their usual daily in­ter­ac­tion and in­spect­ing pa­per­work.

Lake View was found to ex­ceed six of the seven stan­dards and to meet one.

The as­ses­sor told Lake View Cen­tre co- or­di­na­tor Izzy Raw that ex­ceed­ing stan­dards was an as­sess­ment that was rarely made.

Ms Raw said it was ex­cit­ing to re­ceive such an out­stand­ing rat­ing.

“I re­ally feel this is be­cause of the ded­i­cated team at Lake View which takes such pride in the work they do.

“We have had a busy two years with the re­lo­ca­tion and ren­o­va­tions that have oc­curred.

“I would like to thank my fan­tas­tic staff team and Jenny Grif­fiths for work­ing as hard as they do.

“I be­lieve the ‘ex­ceed­ing’ rat­ing is a re­flec­tion on all that we do.”

The com­mu­nity has played a key role in Lake View’s op­er­a­tion, with sup­port from Mt Beauty and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank, Mt Beauty Op Shop, Up­per Kiewa Val­ley Lions Ladies, Mt Beauty Cricket Club, Lake View Fam­ily and Friends Group, Toy Li­brary and Play­group.

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