Educators responded in huge numbers to the recent National Quality Framework review. We said the NQF is improving our practice and providing pathways to quality across our sector. This week a document was released which collects our responses to the review board, and the responses of parents, organisations and communities nationwide. The overwhelming theme? The NQF is good for early education and care, and good for children.
Consultation with parents and the early childhood sector was conducted as part of the 2014 Review by Woolcott Research of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.
The findings confirm that parents and the early childhood sector overwhelming agree that the National Quality Framework which commenced in 2012 is improving quality in education and care services in centres across the country.
David O’Byrne, National Secretary of United Voice, the early childhood union says “This review assures parents that children directly benefit from the new national standards for early childhood education and care.
“Early childhood educators welcome the Review’s findings that increasing professionalisation of the sector is delivering increased quality for children.
“It is gratifying to see educators, directors and operators all telling the Government’s review that the National Quality Framework is delivering ‘significant benefits’.
“This is completely consistent with what we are hearing from members across the country.
“Our members fought long and hard for the introduction of national quality standards to ensure the best possible outcomes for every child.
“In spite of all the challenges facing the sector, educators have continued to work hard to deliver quality education and care to children.
“This commitment to quality is important to educators as individuals, not only for their professional careers but also because educating and caring for children provides crucial support for Australian families and for the economy,” says David O’Byrne.
Review by Woolcott Research