Outstanding ELC Rating
All three Haileybury Early Learning Centres have been awarded the highest possible rating of 'Exceeding National Quality Standard' by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
The National Quality Standard was introduced into law in 2010; the process for full review began in the middle of last year and was completed for all three Haileybury ELCs in March of this year.
The review process assessed the ELC program and operation against seven Quality Areas. These are:
1. Education program and practice
2. Children's health and safety
3. Physical environment
4. Staffing arrangements
5. Relationship with children
6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
7. Leadership and service management.
Haileybury's program was reviewed as 'Exceeding National Quality Standard' in all seven areas.
I am often critical of the increasing compliance regulations placed upon schools by governments. In this case, however, the new quality review process proved to be an excellent opportunity for staff to review our practice and programs and to reflect upon their performance as educators.
The three ELC Directors, D'Lene Johnson (Castlefield), Sally Robertson (Edrington) and Lisa Christopher (Newlands), work collaboratively to ensure that best practice is delivered at all three locations. I congratulate them on achieving the highest possible rating. Congratulations are also extended to the ELC staff at all campuses for their valuable involvement in the process.
Haileybury is proud of the quality of the programs delivered and of the exceptional student outcomes. We can now accurately say that the ELC program is among the best in the country; the Junior and Middle Schools deliver national testing results that see us ranked respectively as the number one and number two independent co-education primary and secondary school in Australia; and the VCE results see us in the top ranked open-entry schools in Victoria.
Reviewer's comment about the Haileybury ELC:
"The service was a beautiful and creative learning environment with children and educators having ownership of the program and the learning taking place.
All rooms provided interesting and exciting programs which fully engaged all children. Educators were enthusiastic, supporting each other professionally and challenging children with high expectations leading to high learning outcomes.
The service had good support from management who provided the infrastructure, collegial support and professional development at the school. This is evident in the 'exceeding' rating in all of the seven quality areas and an overall rating of 'exceeding'."