Have you heard the news?
The A Head Start Currumbin team.
One of our dear partner centres, A Head Start Children’s Centre in Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast, was last month awarded Queensland’s best childcare centre in KindiCare’s inaugural Excellence Awards!
KindiCare is a childcare app that compares more than 16,400 centres across Australia. It uses a unique rating that combines community feedback and government audit performance to help caregivers make an informed decision about childcare services in their area.
With an incredible rating of 9.84 out of 10, A Head Start Currumbin topped the list of approved childcare centres in Queensland, and ranked third nationally overall.
We are incredibly proud of the team, many of whom studied childcare with us here at Amazing Education!
So, what makes a childcare centre the best in Queensland, exactly?
Because the team hadn’t applied for this award, Centre Co-owner Laurel and Director Renee were stunned to receive the good news.
Here’s what they had to say when asked why they think A Head Start Children’s Centre is so loved by their community.
1. The centre's team of passionate, long-standing educators
A Head Start's team strives to develop positive connections with every child, every educator, and every family in their community. This, they believe, is key to promoting the best environments in which to learn and work.
“Many of our team members at A Head Start have been at the centre for more than ten years, which is special,” Laurel said.
“We are like a family. We are really supportive of one another, and everyone goes above and beyond to build great relationships with each other, with the children, and with the families,” she said.
A Head Start’s Centre Director, Renee, who joined the team 14 years ago, said, “the culture at A Head Start is extremely inclusive. Everybody has a voice, and everyone is supported to grow and succeed. This, and the obvious passion that our owners, Laurel and Joe, have for the industry, are, I think, the driving forces behind our fantastic culture.
“We know that having a great team culture is key to retaining staff for the long term. And we know that long-term team members, with their passion and knowledge, help to nurture the best possible learning environments for children.
“It’s a real win-win situation. With a fantastic work culture, we provide a great environment where both the educators and children can thrive,” she said.
2. The centre's homely, natural environment
Laurel said that the best childcare centres are nurturing, loving and homely, with a strong focus on play-based learning, natural environments and connecting with the community.
“Incorporating a homely and natural environment into our centre was very important to us. Our outdoor area features plenty of shady areas, a native rainforest, a creek where the children can pump water, swings, a bike track, a covered sandpit with kitchen, and an abundance of natural resources.
“Kids just love being outside. The way our centre is designed promotes learning opportunities, discovery and decision making both indoors and outdoors. The children become super creative while playing in our natural outdoor learning environment.
“When visiting our centre, families tell us that they can see the educators are truly engaged with the children. Our rooms and outdoor areas are beautiful, and the children’s projects reflect their creative involvement whether that’s artwork on the wall or a structure that the children have made,” she said.
3. The centre's ability to demonstrate tangible improvements in children’s learning and development
A Head Start has developed and used an early learning system called Kindybook since 2007. The platform helps the centre and team to exceed in all seven quality areas of ACECQA’s National Quality Standard (NQS).
With Kindybook, educators can keep an in-depth record of every child’s developmental progress from their first day and as they transition through the classrooms. This way, educators can ensure their learning is progressive and continuous.
Parents and families also love being part of their child’s daily experiences and can communicate privately and securely with educators anytime through Kindybook.
“It saves us so much administration time and helps us to keep our main focus on the children and improving our own service,” Renee said.
If you have any questions about studying or working in Early Childhood Education and Care, please get in touch or give us a call on 1300 707 058.