Globe Wilkins Preschool has been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for its collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations, commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin and practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth.
It is one of only 20 preschools Australia-wide to currently hold this top tier rating. Also, it is the only preschool in Sydney to have received the Excellent rating (the highest award an Education and Care Service can achieve) more than once.
Examples of exceptional practice at the service include:
- A strong commitment to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the service’s practices and programs.
- Employing an Aboriginal educator to foster and reinforce a sense of cultural identity and to provide a strong Aboriginal role model while learning in an authentic way.
- Opportunities for children to connect to the land and investigate while in a natural environment at Wilkins Green.
- Building positive relationships with the local school to support children and families during the school transition process.
- A strong commitment to critical reflection that includes a three stage evaluation of yearly goals and planning webs.
- Promoting a sense of school community and peer relationships through children visiting the classrooms and the school children visiting the service to create a sense of belonging beyond the service doors and into the school environment.
- As a leader in the sector, Globe Wilkins Preschool shares its practice and learnings with other education and care services by opening its doors to other services to view its practices and environments.
In NSW, there are only 17 services out of the 5420 approved service providers which have been awarded the Excellent rating (NQS Data Q1 2018).
The fact that only 0.3% of available services hold the Excellent rating demonstrates how rare and valuable Globe Wilkins Preschool is.