QIP Nudges

Service Philosophy and Purpose

By February 22, 2022 February 23rd, 2022 No Comments

Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2022.

“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”

This week’s subject is Service Philosophy and Purpose

Does your Service regularly review its philosophy to ensure it reflects current practice beliefs and values?

To ensure your Service philosophy remains a living document Services must regularly review the content to ensure it consistently meets the needs of the current families, staff and children and reflects the values of all stakeholders. Services should seek input from families, children, and staff to ensure that the core principles outlined in your philosophy are an accurate representation of the same.

When the educational leader, nominated supervisors, co-ordinators and educators contribute to the review of a philosophy statement, it is more likely to be owned by all members of the team. It encourages commitment and willingness to put it into practice. Guide to the NQF.

When reviewing your statement of philosophy, consider the Service’s growth and any changes to your policies and procedures since the last philosophy review. Ensure these are reflected in your philosophy to support continual improvement.

Do you and your educators refer to your Service philosophy to help guide educator’s pedagogy, decision making and practice?

A thoughtfully written statement of philosophy will prove to be a valuable tool to help guide leaders and educator’s practice. Together with the Approved Learning Framework, it assists educators in considering the service’s approach to learning, development, and wellbeing. It should also underpin the policies and procedures and guide all aspects of a Service’s operations and practices.


Reviewing your Service philosophy

Does your Service vision lead the way?

Within System7 go to Quality Area 7/Module 3 to submit self-assessment notes and if required, open a QIP issue if you identify any areas of improvement.

The Childcare Centre Desktop has a range of resources to assist services with philosophy development and review, including a Record of Philosophy Review, Philosophy Development and Review Procedure and Philosophy Template.

Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links:

Childcare Centre Desktop – Childcare Centre Desktop

National Quality Standard – QA 7/ 7.1.1- Service philosophy and purpose

System7 Module – QA 7/ Module 3

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