ERIC Number: ED310866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Australian Consideration of Program Accreditation as a Way of Filling the Gap from Minimum to High Quality Standards.
McCrea, Nadine L.
The efforts of Queensland's parents, government officials, and early childhood professionals to raise the quality of child care by developing a voluntary process for accreditation of early childhood programs are described. The envisioned accreditation process would begin with collaborative self-study by child caregivers of the extent to which their programs realized 10 program components. Each component would be defined by a goal, a brief rationale, and several criteria. Components defined were: (1) interactions among staff and children; (2) curriculum/program for children; (3) interactions between staff and parents; (4) staff qualifications and development; (5) staffing patterns; (6) physical environment and setting; (7) health and safety factors; (8) food and nutrition issues; (9) management and administration; and (10) evaluation. The self-study was to be followed by validation and consideration for accreditation. It is argued that many community benefits accrue from a voluntary program accreditation system built on clear regulations. The self-study facilitates staff development, parent education, and accountability to the community, and raises awareness of young children's needs for appropriate programs. Over 90 references are cited. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brisbane Coll. of Advanced Education, Kelvin Grove (Australia). School of Early Childhood Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Australia