ERIC Number: ED399052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Surviving Accreditation: A QIAS Ideas Bank. Accreditation and Beyond Series, Volume I.
This publication provides information on the accreditation process for early childhood education and care providers participating in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System (QIAS), developed by the National Childcare Accreditation Council of Australia. The publication is divided into sections corresponding to steps in the self-study/accreditation process. Section 1, "Getting Started and Getting Involved," discusses organizing the accreditation committee, garnering support, documenting progress, involving parents, and dealing with staff concerns. Section 2, "Emotional Issues and Concerns," examines guilt, fear of failure, and interstaff conflict. Section 3, "Areas for Improvement and Plans of Action," discusses developing a plan of action based on identified areas for improvement from parent questionnaires and staff observations. Section 4, "Sending in the Self-Study Report," highlights the importance of an organized report for use by the reviewer. Section 5, "The Review," suggests how to plan for the review visit, deal with emotional issues, and debrief participants. Section 6, "When It's Over," emphasizes accreditation as an ongoing process. Section 7, "The Decision," discusses possible outcomes of the accreditation process. Section 8, "Problem Areas," examines common areas of concern for providers. Section 9, "Handy Hints," suggests using external resources, networking with other children's services, using parent skills and resources, and having a facilitator throughout the process. Section 10, "The Best Parts, or What Gets You Through," reminds readers that the accreditation process can develop staff feelings of shared purpose, enhance teamwork through the use of a common language, and bring recognition of successful service. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Community Involvement, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, 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