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'Excellent' rating for Nazareth Early Childhood Centre

2 February 2021

Well done to Nazareth Early Childhood Centre in Findon. The centre received an Excellent rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) late last year.

Nazareth has gone above and beyond in many areas, including collaborations with universities to give children access to speech pathology and nutrition services. The centre also runs Italian lessons for three- to five-year-olds and has meals ready for families in need.

Educators are well supported. Bilingual staff have opportunities to share their language skills with the wider community.

Natasha Walc, Early Years Director at Nazareth Early Childhood Centre, said it was “extremely affirming” to receive the award from ACECQA.

“We certainly feel rewarded for our dedication, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement,” she said.

“We place an importance on going above and beyond the Nazareth gates by making conscious efforts to influence the wider education sector and community, whether it be through our social justice initiatives or presenting at various professional forums.”

The centre is part of the Nazareth Catholic Community, a broader organisation that means children and families from the centre can be easily linked in with those, and other, community services.

“Our initiatives are borne from our aspirations, affirming our faith, and particularly, our purpose: to love one another.

“We hold an unwavering belief that every person is of inestimable value and are guided by Mary Mackillop [an Australian nun declared a saint by the Catholic Church in 2010] to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’.

“Our partnerships also reflect our belief that learning must be holistic, inclusive, life-giving and life-long.”

The Excellent rating is the highest an education and care service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.

Services that receive an Exceeding rating in all seven areas of the National Quality Standard can apply for the overall Excellent rating.

Nazareth is one of seven services in SA to achieve this highly esteemed rating.