ERIC Number: ED399048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Very Best of Care and Education: Many Ways to the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System. Accreditation and Beyond Series, Volume I.
This publication describes the accreditation process for day care centers in Australia and illustrates how the process is being managed in three child care centers in inner city, rural, and suburban areas. Guiding the process is the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System (QIAS), developed by the National Childcare Accreditation Council, which requires child care centers to conduct a collaborative self-analysis to determine quality of care and education. The five QIAS steps are reviewed: (1) registration; (2) self-study; (3) review; (4) moderation by the Council; and (5) decision by the Council. The self-study process is defined as an ongoing cycle of evaluation, interpretation, goal setting, implementation, and returning to evaluation. The importance of securing family involvement on the Quality Improvement and Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for guiding and monitoring center progress, is emphasized. Recommendations are made for motivating the staff team and a chart detailing commonly asked questions regarding the QIAS and responses is included. A major component of the self-evaluation--staff observation--is described. The identification of center strengths and areas for improvement from the Parent Questionnaire and staff observation, and from the development, implementation, and evaluation of a written Plan of Action are detailed. Recommendations for the review by the moderators of the National Childcare Accreditation Council are listed. The report to the center is based on the moderator's report to the Council and the accreditation decision. The ongoing process of review is emphasized. An appendix shows portions of the self-study materials. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Standards, Young Children
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($15.95 Australian dollars. Discount on quantity orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia