Quality Area 4

Quality Area 4: Staffing Arrangements

This quality area of the National Quality Standard focuses on the provision of qualified and experienced educators, co-ordinators and nominated supervisors who are able to develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create safe and predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program.

Standard 4.1 – Staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development and ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Standard 4.2 – Educators, co-ordinators and staff members are respectful and ethical.

Reference: Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) 2011, Guide to the National Quality Standard

WEBLINKS:

Conducting Staff Meetings: Agendas and Outcomes
This resource sheet, designed specifically for OSHC services, provides a step-by-step guide to planning and getting the most out of staff meetings.

Criminal History Requirements
This fact sheet provides a summary of the criminal history requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (National Regulations) and National Quality Framework.

Cultural Competence
This Early Childhood Australia newsletter discusses the importance of cultural competence in the work of educators.

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Code of Ethics 
The ECA Code of Ethics provides a framework for reflection about the ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals.

Getting to Know the NQS Quality Area 4

Presented by Anne Stonehouse, this episode provides the viewer with an overview of Quality Area 4 Staffing Arrangements.

Living the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): Everyday Team Meeting*
Useful team meeting package to help early childhood educators to reflect on the EYLF within their setting.
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Mixed Age Grouping
This fact sheet outlines the educator to child ratios and qualification requirements for mixed age groups for Victorian centre based education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework

Recruitment and Selection Guide*
This guide has been developed to assist children’s services providers to implement and administer robust recruitment and selection procedures to retain competent and qualified staff within their workforce.
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Regulation and Quality Assessment – National Quality Framework, Fact Sheets and Resources
Department of Education and Training (DET) page containing fact sheets to support early childhood education and care services quality improvement process.

Staffing Arrangements

Department of Education and Training (DET) Factsheet that outlines the educator to child ratio and qualification requirements for centre based care services.

Staffing Arrangements: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Department of Education and Training answer frequently asked questions from the sector regarding Quality Area 4 Staffing arrangements

Staffing for Quality
This Early Childhood Australia newsletter focuses on aspects of staffing in early education and care settings that impact on the quality of experience for young children.