A number of Murraylands early childhood services continue to provide quality care for children after they achieved and exceeded a high rating under the National Quality Standard.
Almost 80 per cent of the services managed by the state government have gone above the national standard, compared to 56pc nation-wide. Murray Bridge Preschool Kindergarten was one of the centres to receive an ‘exceeding’ rating, and director Bev Harrison said their work did not stop now.
“Just because we and the other kindergartens in the area are exceeding, it just means that we need to ensure we keep improving,” Ms Harrison said.
“It certainly does make all of us here very proud that the region has such good public early education facilities.”
Ms Harrison said collaboration between the children, their families and their communities was vital to the early stages of education.
“We always try to involve the children’s communities and families as much as we can because that is where they’ll spend their lives,” she said.
“We want to not just prepare them for school, we want to prepare the children for life.”
Ms Harrison believes further collaboration between the public facilities in the region will lead to further improved care and education for future generations.
“We’re always looking to improve on all of our programs and how we help the children learn and grow, and I think that if we can only keep improving relationships between our early learning sectors, things can only keep getting better,” she said.
Early learning centres are assessed in the areas of educational programs, health and safety, physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, their families and communities and leadership and service management.
Other Murraylands services which have exceeded expectations include Callington Kindergarten, Fraser Park Preschool, Karoonda Preschool, Mannum Kindergarten, Tinyeri Children’s Centre, Tailem Bend Kindergarten and the Keith Community Centre Kindergarten.