Quality Area 7 – Leadership and service management… We all know that if there isn’t a strong leader then there will likely be issues that filter down through the service. Here are 5 tips to help you connect with Quality Area 7…
Focus on making educators happy – If you want to ensure low staff turnover and consistency in educators the key is making educators want to stay. This can be done is the simplest of ways like valuing opinions, providing support, being flexible around educator’s home lives and willing to reshuffle rosters, providing educators with praise or rewards for good work, and feedback on their work. Another way to make educators happy is to have clear and consistent guidelines.
Have a clear philosophy – The philosophy is very important, it is the guiding document for the service that underlies every action in the service. The philosophy should reflect the many voices of the service and as such a range of stakeholders should be involved in its creation. When was the last time your philosophy was updated? Who contributed to it? Is it still current? Do all educators and stakeholders know about it? Have you considered incorporating the EYLF principles into your philosophy?
Reflect on your appraisals – Does your service do appraisals? Do they achieve anything other than stressing out the educators and adding jobs for the management? The purpose of appraisals should be to support educators to grow and challenge themselves, so why not try something like an Individual Educator Continuous Improvement Plan that is meaningful and regular and builds relationships between educators and management. (http://rare.support/store#!/Individual-Educator-Continuous-Improvement-Plan/p/66346628)
Embrace the QIP process – We are never done as educators, there is always something to be improved, reflected upon, learnt about. The QIP process is used to help us not only work towards goals but to document what we are working on. It gives us the freedom to completely scrap something that isn’t working and start again because we can document what we are doing and why. The QIP also supports us to identify what our services do well, what makes is stand out from the other services and sets it apart? Strengths are more than what you can do, but are what you do better or differently, how do you apply innovation?
Ensure you know what policies you need – Do you know which policies you need to have in your service? Do you know what these policies should include? The regulations have a list of what policies are needed and what to include in them. Any additional policies should be considered based on reoccurring issues, feedback or need for clarification. Your policies should also be reviewed and maybe updated if the legislation or guiding documents change, the procedures change or even if there is a change of staff. If you don’t have the time or energy to be flicking back and forth through the regulations to find all of this information out you can find a helpful tool here: http://rare.support/store#!/Policy-Review-Document-Only/p/60219745
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