Childcare services in Australia are governed by the National Quality Framework (NQF) which was developed to ensure better educational and developmental outcomes for children using education and care services in Australia. It was a result of extensive collaboration and agreement between state and territory governments. Research shows that quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. NQF operates under an applied law system, comprising the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations.
Within the NQF is the National Quality Standard (NQS) which sets a national benchmark for services in Australia. Service are assessed under seven quality areas and are given a rating. In August 2012, Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre was awarded has a rating of ‘Exceeding National Standards’.
Implementation of the NQF is governed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), which works with regulatory authorities each state and territory introduces and administers the new system - See more
As a community run, not for profit organisation, the Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre aims to provide an affordable service to its members. As at July 2015, fees are $360 per week for a full time place and $72 per day for a part time place (4 days per week or less).
All families attending the Centre are entitled to receive the Australian Government’s Child Care Rebate, while some are eligible for the means tested Child Care Benefit. These payments are arranged through the Family Assistance Office of the Department of Human Services.
The building that houses Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Childcare Centre is owned by the City of Darwin. See our Photo Gallery
All programming of activities at the Centre is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This Framework was developed by the Australian Government and describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.
The kinds of activities that are delivered include:
To complement the program, the Service has developed strong relationships with an extensive range of community groups, organisations, schools, registered training organisations and companies. These include:
Darwin is a highly multi-cultural community and this is reflected within our service, educators and families. It is our intention to build and develop children’s sense of identity, community awareness and respectful and reciprocal relationships with their peers and community. Each month the service investigates a country and culture that is reflected within our service and community. In 2012, the children and educators commenced investigating the 8 countries in which our educators were born. This in-depth research incorporated geography, art and craft, language, food, flora and fauna, flags, music and dance. The research is conducted collaboratively amongst educators and children with some educators sharing their already established knowledge on various aspects and other educators sourcing relevant information. The experiences and learning is implemented throughout all age groups and is a focus within the curriculum. Since researching our educator’s countries, we have now moved onto our families’ countries of origins and cultures.