G8 Education’s Great Beginnings Centre located in Gymea, Sydney, is setting the standard for early learning and long day care after it received an “exceeding” rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
“I am so proud of the incredibly engaging and nurturing environment my team provide the children in our care every day that allows them to thrive,” said Cicada Kearns, Centre Manager at Great Beginnings Gymea.
Early child education and care services are assessed and rated by their state and territory regulatory authority against the seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS).
The “Exceeding” rating places the centre in the top 25 per cent of services nationwide.
Ms Kearns said it is her team’s focus on developing child-led programs and experiences that has led to the success.
“Our educators and teachers have strong relationships with our families and our community which allows us to develop meaningful and engaging programs for the children,” she said.
“We are led by the children’s interests and needs including facilitating flexible mealtimes and developing learning experiences which child initiated.”
The children at Great Beginnings Gymea also interact with their community and environment on regular excursions.
“We want to support children to be active members of their community by providing them the opportunity to actively participate in their community,” said Ms Kearns.
“The power of a child-led and child-focused program is clear when you visit Great Beginnings Gymea as the children are confident and curious learners with the confidence to make decisions and express their emotions,” said G8 Education New South Wales Regional Manager, Nadia Petrovski.
“The long-standing team at the service truly know and understand the needs of the families, the children and the community and that is reflected in the way the service is operated.”
Great Beginnings is part of G8 Education, one of Australia’s largest early learning providers dedicated to its purpose of creating the foundations for learning for life.