Kinder ex­ceed­ing stan­dards

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TOP MARKS: Ta­wonga kinder teacher Jane Barter with Will Schuts and Sam Svarc. PHOTO: Alex Craig

TA­WONGA Kinder­garten re­cently re­ceived the news that the ser­vice is pro­vid­ing an out­stand­ing early years start for chil­dren.

Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices (ACS) gen­eral man­ager Jenny Grif­fiths said the kinder­garten has re­ceived an over­all rat­ing of ‘Ex­ceed­ing the Na­tional Qual­ity Stan­dard’ from the Vic­to­rian De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing - the high­est pos­si­ble rat­ing for a Vic­to­rian Chil­dren’s cen­tre.

“It re­flects the depth of ex­pe­ri­ence and en­thu­si­asm of the kinder­garten teacher Jane Barter, 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 the Na­tional Qual­ity Frame­work, which con­cen­trates on seven ar­eas: ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and prac­tice, chil­dren’s health and safety, phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, staffing ar­range­ments, re­la­tion­ships with the chil­dren, col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships with fam­ily and com­mu­nity and lead­er­ship and ser­vice man­age­ment.

The kinder­garten is lo­cated within grounds of the Ta­wonga Pri­mary School and is man­aged by ACS - a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing seven high-qual­ity early child­hood ser­vices through­out the Alpine Shire.

It pro­vides a three year-old and four year- old kinder­garten pro­gram to fam­i­lies from the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley.

An as­ses­sor spent a day at Ta­wonga Kinder­garten watch­ing Ms Barter and the chil­dren in their nor­mal daily in­ter­ac­tion and doc­u­ment­ing it.

Ta­wonga Kinder­garten was found to be ex­ceed­ing five of the seven stan­dards and meet­ing two.

The as­ses­sors said that a mark of ‘ex­ceed­ing stan­dards’ was a re­sult very rarely be­stowed.

Ms Barter said that it was won­der­ful to re­ceive such an out­stand­ing rat­ing.

“It has been an ex­cit­ing jour­ney for me to be a part of such a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity in set­ting up a new ser­vice for Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices,” she said.

“I have en­joyed the process im­mensely es­pe­cially work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices team and be­ing wel­comed as part of their team and all the sup­port they have given me along the way.

“I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the Ta­wonga Pri­mary School and the sup­port the teach­ers and fam­i­lies have given, wel­com­ing me to their com­mu­nity.

“To re­ceive a rat­ing of Ex­ceed­ing for Ta­wonga Kinder­garten is a re­flec­tion and af­fir­ma­tion of all the hard work that has gone into set­ting up an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports chil­dren’s learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment.”

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