We are thrilled to announce Korowa’s Early Learning Centre has been rated as ‘Exceeding’ National Quality Standards (NQS) for their Assessment and Rating from The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACEQUA).  

The NQS is informed by research around best practice, is designed to encourage ongoing quality improvement and includes assessment and rating of services in seven key areas. 

Services are assessed against the seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard: 

  • Educational program and practice 
  • Children’s health and safety 
  • Physical environment 
  • Staffing arrangements 
  • Relationships with children 
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities 
  • Governance and Leadership 

To be rated Exceeding NQS overall, all Quality Areas must at least meet NQS, and four or more Quality Areas must be Exceeding NQS.  

For Korowa families this means our ELC has been recognised for providing high quality individual care for children, and outstanding support for children’s learning and development.  

The report acknowledged our outstanding Educators and Community through comments such as, “Educators’ commitment to reflective practice, continuous improvement, and supporting children to achieve the best possible outcomes was evident in the programs.” 

“Educators intentionally tailored their interactions, communication strategies, and intentional teaching to meet each child’s needs, while working on achieving the goals each family had set for their child.” 

“Warm and supportive relationships contributed to children displaying a sense of belonging in their environments and relationships.”  

“Children were observed engaged with a range of play-based experiences to use their creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills.” 

Principal Helen Carmody said, “I am incredibly proud of our ELC program at Korowa and this rating is recognition of the hard work and dedication of our ELC staff.”   

The ELC staff together with members of the Leadership team have been working towards quality improvement of the ELC over several years, particularly throughout 2021. With an updated service philosophy, Korowa’s staff are committed to ensuring that the quality of programs being delivered to the children are of an exceptional standard. Staff recognise the importance of working closely with families to ensure individual children’s needs are met.  

This achievement of receiving the rating of “Exceeding” is a celebration for both Korowa’s Early Learning Centre and our families.