The National Quality standard and framework exists to ensure that children in school age care have opportunities to engage in leisure and play-based experiences that are responsive to the needs, interests and choices of the children attending the service and that contribute to their ongoing development (Guide to the National Quality Standard, 2011). In this paper, an analysis will be conducted on a video entitled NQS Environment Makeover. The national quality standard and framework will be used as guide in analyzing the video.
The National Quality guide outline seven areas for improving services. The areas identified are; educational program and practice; children’s health and safety; physical environment; staffing arrangements; relationships with children; collaborative partnerships with families and communities and leadership and service management. (Guide to the National Quality Framework, 2013). The analysis will include a summary of the video, an assessment, a critical evaluation, outlining the approach used and finally, determining the extent to which the nursery initiated changes in the environment.
The video documents the development and implementation of a Quality Improvement Plan that places its main focus on the Physical Environment. The video entails the initial phases of planning and formulation of collaborative ideas between the director and staff of Campbell Street Childcare and Early Education Centre in Queanbeyan, NSW, together with the assistance of two ECA early childhood consultants. The video highlights the need for drastic changes to the physical environment that will immensely contribute to improving all seven areas identified in the National Quality Standards. (NQS PLP, 2013) The consultants together with the staff evaluated the elements in the physical environment that needed significant improvement in order to meet quality standards. The documentary provides great insight into the daily experiences and teaching practices within the environment. It also showed the possibilities to create enriching and engaging spaces within the present environment that will provide and support the developmental needs of children.
Quality improvement plans are essentially beneficial for ensuring that educational programs and practices are stimulating, engaging and enhances children’s overall developmental capabilities. Quality improvement plans are designed to be a continuous reflective and evolving document. It allowed this institution to address, identify and understand areas in their environment that needed to be restructured in meeting the needs of all parties involved. The plan reflects the perspectives of staff, children, their families and management. The plan offered opportunities for exploring and reviewing current practices and is equally accommodating to new ideas/ possibilities. The plan facilitated and incorporated practical strategies to improve identified areas of need.