Welcome to ‘week sixteen’ of our Continuous Improvement Agenda (CIA) blog series for 2020. The CIA is our polite nudge in the ribs to help you embed a routine of documenting your self-assessment and quality improvement plan.
Element 1.3.1: Assessment and planning cycle
Each child’s learning and development is assessed or evaluated as part of an ongoing cycle of observation, analysing learning, documentation, planning, implementation and reflection.
Assessment for learning is the process of gathering and analysing information as evidence of what children know, can do and understand. (Early Years Learning Framework, p.19).
Assessment and reflection are critical components of the ongoing cycle of planning and providing opportunities for educators to identify any changes or improvements to the program and also reflect on their own practices.
Collecting documentation about each child is a regulatory requirement to inform the educational program. It includes gathering information from child assessments or evaluations, information from families and reflection and evaluation of the delivery of the educational program.
Reflection, Observation, Program
Within System7 you can utilise QA1 / Module 7, 8 and 9 to document your assessment and planning routine and corresponding evidence. The Suggestions area also contains further information including: family suggestions, observations, your Program the learning environment, critical reflection and communication with families.
The Childcare Centre Desktop also provides modules to support the programming and observation cycles (And related policies)
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Compliance area – Childcare Centre Desktop
National Quality Standard – QA1 / Element 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3
System7 Module – QA1 – 7, 8 and 9
National Regulation – Part 4.1 Educational Program and Practice
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