Perfect score is child’s play

Noranda Child Care Centre team leader Kelly Stephens and assistant manager Maria D'Onofrio with youngsters Hunter Palmer and Lauren Skinner. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413199
Noranda Child Care Centre team leader Kelly Stephens and assistant manager Maria D'Onofrio with youngsters Hunter Palmer and Lauren Skinner. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413199

The assessment was part of the National Quality Framework (NQF) designed to increase the quality, and continuous improvement and uniformity, in Australian education and care services.

Noranda’s recent audit report showed it exceeded national quality standards in all categories.

Children’s services assistant manager Maria D’Onofrio said the centre received 100 per cent in its last accreditation and was aware receiving top marks across the State was in reach.

‘I’m very confident in my educators and they knew we could achieve the best possible outcome,’ she said.

‘We’re really proud of what we do, and to get the recognition and the validation is awesome.’

Ms D’Onofrio said the centre was designed to feel like a home away from home where the 120 children who attend each week could learn and experience new things while recognising different cultures.

‘Cultural diversity is always celebrated; we like to get the children to be connected to their world and environment so we always ask the parents what they do at home that we can do here,’ she said.

‘For example, different cooking experiences and dancing and anything that the parents can contribute to extend the culture from home to the centre.’

City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert congratulated the centre for its work while striving for excellence.

‘This fantastic result would not be possible without the dedication, commitment and the enthusiasm of the staff members who all go above and beyond what is required,’ he said.

‘There’s a waiting list to get a spot in this centre, which is a testament to the great reputation they have built.’