St John’s Preschool & Long Day Care Auburn has been awarded the rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ under the National Quality Framework. St John’s Preschool & Long Day Care was the second early childhood service established in 2019 by Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) and joins its sister centre at St Therese Sadleir in being celebrated for their commitment to high quality.

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. 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 Exceeding NQS is given to services that go above and beyond the requirements of the NQS in at least four of the seven quality areas. SCECS delivers play-based education experiences that inspire and nurture each child’s individual development and these results directly speak to the talent and passion our staff hold and to the professional development and support our management team provides,” explained SCECS Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Franceyn O’Connor.

“Our team of Educators pride ourselves on providing a place of joy and inspiration for our children, our families and our staff.  We focus on high-quality education and care and providing outreach and wrap around services to our community, so being recognised as a centre that exceeds the national standards is a testament to the qualified and dedicated team we have here at St John’s,” said Centre Director, Cindy Adams.

“This rating recognises the services commitment to providing exemplary Early Childhood Education and Care that supports the individual needs of each child, their family and the local community. The staff’s pedagogical practises provide strong foundations for children, emphasising the service’s strengths within inclusive teachings and practices, as well as sustainability,” said Mrs O’Connor.

The state-of-the-art purpose built centre is a place of both “education, exploration and inclusion” and offers places for 60 children aged between 3-6 years of age.

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)

St John’s Preschool & Long Day Care was amongst the first of a number of centres planned for the Archdiocese of Sydney, with another preschool currently operating in Sadleir, another in Rosebery opening its doors in 2022, and others planned for Austral and Caringbah in the near future.