Narooma Preschool exceeds National Quality Standard


Narooma Pre-School is celebrating after receiving news it has exceeded the National Quality Standard. Image courtesy Narooma Pre-School. 

A small Far South Coast pre-school is celebrating after receiving news it has exceeded the National Quality Standard. 

“It’s absolutely huge,” said Narooma Preschool Director Kathie Phipps. “I was overwhelmed when we received our assessment last week and especially that we go above and beyond what’s required in all seven quality areas, and she says Narooma Pre-School’s staff, management committee and parents are thrilled.

“We all have such pride and passion in providing quality preschool education to the children in our care so it’s a real validation of everyone’s efforts.”

The NQS is a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. It considers educational programs, health and safety, physical environment, staffing, relationships with children, collaboration with families and community, and governance.

Narooma Preschool committee President Michael Gardner said “the Pre-school is a massive community-owned asset”.

“It was established by dedicated people in the community as a not-for-profit preschool in 1975 and continues to be managed by a voluntary committee of parents,” Mr Gardner said.

“One of the great things is the continuity of community involvement over the years in ensuring all children in our area from three to five years old receive the highest quality education and care.”

Fellow committee member Mel Dollimore echoed Mr Garner’s sentiments. “This recognition is so well deserved,” she said. “Having experience with centres in Sydney, I know Narooma Preschool is such an amazing place.”

Mr Gardner said now the Preschool has been recognised as exceeding the National Quality Standard, they intend going one step further and apply for ‘Excellence’ Status, the ultimate classification.