ERIC Number: ED399054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Policy Handbook: Developing Policies in Child Care. Accreditation and Beyond Series, Volume I.
This publication outlines the process for developing policies for Australian child care and education programs--policies that are not only relevant and useful but that also reflect the parents' wishes and the programs' philosophies. Based upon principles of the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System (QIAS), this document highlights the importance of a written philosophy and written goals and policies. The document describes how developing and using policies will add credibility and thereby lead to improved conditions, a higher profile, and a better image for the program. Part 1, "Background," provides a definition of policy and discusses who has policies and the reasons for policies. It also addresses the importance of developing a philosophy from a mission statement to guide later policy development and suggests a process for developing a mission statement and philosophy. Part 2, "Policy Creation," discusses policies imposed by governmental and other agencies; lists areas in which child care centers may need to develop policies, such as enrollment, health/safety, programming, staffing, and administration; discusses when a program should make or revise policies; and discusses how to develop policies. It also includes common questions and ideas from other centers and concludes by noting how philosophy and policy development, as part of the accreditation process, provide an opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching best practice. Two appendices detail several sample policies and philosophies. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Mission Statements, Policy, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Preschool Education, 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