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Prestigious ‘Excellent’ rating for Little Beacons

8 October 2015
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Little Beacons Learning Centre has achieved an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Little Beacons is the first early learning centre in Cardinia Shire to earn the prestigious rating and the second in Victoria amongst independent schools. It is the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.
ACECQA Board Chair Rachel Hunter congratulated the centre for this recognition.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Little Beacons Learning Centre on such an achievement. It is clear that enhancing children’s learning and skills is at the forefront of their program and practices,” Ms Hunter said.

“The centre has worked very hard developing a number of core initiatives on topics such as children’s social skills, cultural and community awareness, to name but a few.”

Little Beacons’ ‘Looking Glass Learning’ initiative aims to develop children’s social skills over a 10 week course. Children participate in targeted activities, such as role play and story-telling, delivered by the Head of Teaching and Learning. Outcomes are documented for families and educators to support each child’s development.

From a cultural perspective, the centre partners with Indigenous elder Murrundindi and Birra (Lynette George), an Indigenous teacher, to encourage cultural understanding and sensitivity by embedding Indigenous perspectives into educational programs.

Little Beacons also builds awareness of sustainability, healthy eating and innovation through its ‘Let’s Explore’ publication, with proceeds from the book sales helping fund a kindergarten in Bangladesh.

Head of Little Beacons, Vicki Reid, said she was thrilled the centre had achieved this outstanding result.

“The ‘Excellent’ rating recognises our leadership in early childhood education and the programs we have in place to support the individual needs of children,” Ms Reid said.

She said the centre would continue to support the sector in delivering high quality programs by offering opportunities as a demonstration site.

Mr Reid thanked staff for their hard work during the “extensive and vigorous application process”.

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