The National Quality Framework has established a continuous cycle for early childhood settings, involving ongoing reflection, improvement and—importantly—external assessment against the National Quality Standard. The first round of quality ratings for early childhood services were released by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority ACECQA on 1 May 2013, and the news was good: nationally, more than half of the services assessed met the standard.
'Planning the program'—by Heather Barnes. This e-Newsletter is about planning for children’s learning. It follows directly from e-Newsletter No. 55, which focused on noticing and recording children’s learning. The Early Years Learning Framework #EYLF and the National Quality Standard #NQS require educators to plan programs for children and to document their plans.