5 TIPS for Quality Assessment in Family Day Care
Make 2016 the year YOU Exceed!
Quality Assessment starts with YOU!
Nervous about your Quality Assessment Visit? Lost track of your compliance records? We’ve all felt overwhelmed when it comes to preparing for any assessment. But when it comes to the success of your business, there is a lot at stake. Fear is felt. Stress is real. Time appears to be moving so fast and you never ever feel ready, for anything!
On top of this, maintaining compliance records can cause so much pain for any professional. It’s no different for Family Day Care Coordinators or Compliance Officers visiting Educators in their homes.
With the increasing pressure of regulating early childhood education and care to the highest quality standard, maintaining detailed and accurate records can quickly become a very stressful experience.
Are YOU ready?
Follow these 5 Tips…
…never feel the anguish of losing THAT document ever again!
- Go Digital. Use a mobile device for recording your assessment and ratings visit. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you would have noticed that the ‘digital world’ is moving more rapidly than any other industry. It is a place you cannot hide from anymore. Embrace the technology and reap the rewards.
- Be Organised. Sort your reports and documents, know exactly when and where your next home visit is. Even the most efficient filing system can cause a headache for OCD sufferers! There is always a more efficient way. Find what works for you.
- Learn to Summarise. Write briefly, comment on quality, flag and action follow up items. When conducting home visits, you don’t want to spend your time writing down all the details. You want to support your educator and develop their educating skills. You may want to even PLAY with the children for a moment. Summarise what you observe. Highlight the key points and spend more time on the things that bring you joy.
- Be on Time. Schedule your visits well in advance and sync them with your digital calendar. There is no room for being ‘fashionably late’ when it comes to conducting home visits. Good time management starts with being well organised. Reliability comes into effect here also. I’m sure you don’t want to be known as the one who is always late.
- Communicate. Alert your educators and colleagues of your visits, let them know where, when and what you are doing when out on the road. Be honest, respectful and develop a sense of community within your service. Good communication begins with you.
Shellie Bradbury is a Product Manager for Complycare where she conducts research to develop customised software for the early childhood industry. Having worked in early childhood education for 13 years, she moved into the ‘digital world’ to help the early childhood sector with the increasing compliance and administrative burden being felt by child care services.