We absolutely love working with educators and services around Australia and Internationally. With over 17 years of experience in the early childhood sector - much of that as nominated supervisors, educational leaders and, since 2014, as Approved Providers for Inspired Family Day Care, we feel confident that we can relate to what services are going through and can provide support that is meaningful and connected. Our consultancy has enabled many services to navigate through difficult or uncertain times such as recruiting new staff, educator discontent, management issues and the A&R process. All of our support is customised to suit the unique context of your service. We look forward to working with you.
Does your Quality Improvement Plan need some work? Perhaps you are coming up to A&R and you are worried that your QIP isn't up to scratch? We can review your QIP and provide meaningful feedback that will support your team to feel confident moving into A&R. This may be a remote review, or where possible, one of our consultants will come into your service and observe how the practice connects to the QIP. If you don't even know where to start, we can come in and do a QIP development workshopping session with your team - getting everyone focussed and on the same page!
While your assessment and rating visit should be a reflection of your everyday practice, we understand that many services and educators become nervous in the lead up to their visit and worry that they will freeze! We regularly visit services and provide meaningful feedback on matters of compliance and quality practice. Our visits usually take place over several hours and include observation, discussion and review of documentation, policies, procedures and the physical environment. Services receive a comprehensive report after the visit, with actionable steps that they can take prior to their visit. Our visits provide educators with reassurance and confidence in their own ability to advocate for the work that they do and the way that they do it.
Over the last three years, we have worked with many services who have received A&R reports that they were not satisfied with, or have received compliance or show cause notices. The support for each of these has been varied, however this usually involves detailed discussions about the matter and in the event of compliance concerns, advice and support with implementing appropriate changes such as policy development or review and the development of procedures and practices. Our support often includes the drafting of formal responses to these matters in a thorough, comprehensive and professional manner. As a result of this support, the regulatory authority has instructed several services to engage our support on an ongoing basis as a condition of their service approval.
We know that being a nominated supervisor isn't always easy. The to-do list is a million miles long, the policy and compliance matters are always demanding your attention, and somewhere among all that, you are trying to be a visionary, inspiring leader. Luckily, we have been there! Whether you are brand new to the role or have been doing it for a long time, we can help. Our support is 100% customised to suit you. It may include face to face visits, online coaching via Zoom, email support or more focussed support with a specific project or problem. Our aim is to work with you to build your skills and overcome the challenges, not to 'fix' the problem for you. This is where meaningful growth as a leader occurs.
It's one thing to come along to a training session, take in the information and go back to your service and attempt to put it into practice. It's quite another to to have an experienced consultant work with your team in their own environment, observing their practice and providing meaningful feedback and support 'in the moment.' Coaching in Context is a great way to strengthen the skills, knowledge and practice of yourself or your educators.
Being the educational leader should be an exciting opportunity - you have the chance to mentor others, provide pedagogical guidance for the service and be totally awesome and inspirational! Sometimes though, that isn't quite the case. You might be new to the role and feel uncertain or overwhelmed. You may have been in the role for several years and need to reignite your love for it. Either way - we can help! Through 1:1 mentoring, we can work through your challenges and help you find the joy in your role. This may take the form of face to face or online support and may be one off or on an ongoing basis.