THE Mount Gambier Children’s Centre continues to provide top opportunities for its students after receiving an excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQUA).
Recognised for collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations, practices and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth and a sustained commitment to professional development and support of educators, the centre is one of only seven in the state with the highest possible rating.
Applying for the rating after receiving an exceeding national quality standard, ACECQA general manager Michael Petrie said the centre had proven itself as one of the best in the country.
“We looked at what they have offered in terms of the work they have done with the national quality framework, but also what they do above and beyond in terms of work with community and families,” he said.
“The work they have done and their integrated model with helping parents and families in the broader community, not just the children themselves, is fantastic.”
Announced as the seventh service in South Australia to receive the rating, and one of only 50 in the whole of Australia, centre director Pauline Bosco said she was delighted to be recognised.
“It is a significant achievement and one until only recently we realised is quite substantial,” she said.
“Thank you to the children, our youngest citizens who inspire us each day and our families for the privilege of working in partnership with you in their care and education.”
Describing the journey as one of re-imagining community, Ms Bosco said they work collectively as a community to listen and respond to children and families.
“It is a story about acknowledging strengths and capabilities, of building strong partnerships and responsive actions as we listen, reflect and work together to build a brighter future for children, families and ultimately our community,” she said.
“We are more than just a kindergarten and provide a holistic approach with education, care, health, parenting and community development.”
Thankful for the support of the local community, Ms Bosco said they will continue to strive for the best.
“We would like to acknowledge that working together with the wider Mount Gambier community as well as a diverse range of services available in our region has enabled our team to gain knowledge that is supporting our work to give the best outcomes to children and their families,” she said.