Comprehensively updated, The National Quality Standard – Second edition, incorporates the changes made to the assessment and rating process conducted through the NQS all of which apply from 2018. The resource assists early childhood educators, in whatever service or setting, to meet the requirements of the National Quality Standard. It covers each quality area, identifying the standards and addressing each element through a number of questions designed to stimulate professional reflection guide discussion and support early childhood educators as they identify their strengths, and plan for improvement. In this way, professional learning plans can be identified and the deployment of limited resources more efficiently targeted.
Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.