Kinder exceeding standards
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.”