Pride at Children's Centre as its quality is recognised

SUCCESS: Miss Kerry, Oberon Children's Centre director Meredith Cox and Miss Janice with students at the craft table.
SUCCESS: Miss Kerry, Oberon Children's Centre director Meredith Cox and Miss Janice with students at the craft table.

WE are so proud of this achievement.

That's what Oberon Children's Centre director Meredith Cox says of the centre meeting what is known as the National Quality Standard (NQS).

The NQS, which sets a national benchmark for the quality of children's education and care services across Australia, aims to promote the safety, health and wellbeing of children while focusing on achieving outcomes for children through high-quality educational programs.

Services are assessed against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority and receive a rating for each of the seven quality areas of the NQS, as well as an overall rating.

"An overall rating of meeting NQS is given to services that provide quality education and care in all seven quality areas," Ms Cox said.

"We are so proud of this achievement - our connection to community, relationships to children and families and our play based program were all highlighted by our assessment.

"The National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care was agreed by all Australian governments to get better educational and development outcomes for children using education and care services.

"Implementation of the NQF is guided by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)."

Oberon Children's Centre president Alisha Gibbons said they are really looking forward to planning for the future now, with an extension due to start soon.

In December last year, Oberon Children's Centre received a grant of $415,405 to extend the existing facility.

The centre was a successful applicant in the NSW Government's Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

At the time of the announcement, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said it was important to create new space for children in growing towns.

"Through the creation of more pre-school places, even more children in Oberon will have access to a top quality early childhood education which will set them up for life," he said.

Ms Cox said they currently have 119 families using the centre's facilities and "with the expansion we will be able to create more places".