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Activity 1 Action Planning For this activity you will need to devise an action plan for completion of the entire workplace task (activities 2-14). In consultation with your Workplace Supervisor discus

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Activity 1
Action Planning
For this activity you will need to devise an action plan for completion of the entire workplace task (activities 2-14).
In consultation with your Workplace Supervisor discuss the entire task and each of the activities involved. Plan the steps you will undertake to complete each activity and use the template provided to document your planned actions and set timeframes for the completion of activities 2-14. You will need to ensure that you have regular opportunities for collaboration with team members. 
Document your plan on the atta...

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Activity 1
Action Planning
For this activity you will need to devise an action plan for completion of the entire workplace task (activities 2-14).
In consultation with your Workplace Supervisor discuss the entire task and each of the activities involved. Plan the steps you will undertake to complete each activity and use the template provided to document your planned actions and set timeframes for the completion of activities 2-14. You will need to ensure that you have regular opportunities for collaboration with team members. 
Document your plan on the attached ‘Action Planning’ template.
Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 1
Action Planning
Activity    Action     Date / time    Who is involved
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Activity 2

Preparation for the Assessment and Rating Process
This activity requires you to meet with your workplace supervisor and/or Director and investigate the processes your service uses, or has used, to undertake an Assessment and Rating review under the National Quality Standards (NQS). In particular you will need to discuss and document:
The process the service used to complete the Quality Improvement Plan.
How the service supported educators to understand the National Quality Framework (NQF) including legislation, regulations and the NQS.
If your service has not yet undergone an assessment, discuss with your workplace supervisor how the service is preparing for an Assessment and Rating Review.
Write a brief report on your findings.
Document your response on the ‘Preparing for Assessment and Rating Report’ template.
Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 2
Preparing for Assessment and Rating Report
Activity 3

Disseminate information to team
Disseminate information to all educators advising them that you are required to undertake an assessment of the outdoor play space against the NQS as part of your studies. 
In your communication inform educators that you will be seeking their contribution to help inform your assessment. You will need to include four questions and/or ideas for them to seek feedback in regards to the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in the outdoor play space. 
Choose an appropriate method to disseminate this information to your fellow educator’s e.g. via email, written note to all educators, or a notice on the staff noticeboard.

Documentation Required:
a.Communication method used.
b.Copy of the information distributed to educators.
Document your response on the ‘Information Sharing’ template.
Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 3
Information Sharing
This information will be disseminated via: 
 E-mail             Written note             Noticeboard              Other:
Provide a copy of the information given to your fellow educators.
Activity 4

Explore the Outdoor Play Area
In consultation with your workplace supervisor identify the outdoor play area that you will assess. (For example, your service may have separate play areas for infants/toddlers and preschool children).
Draw a sketch of this play area on the template provided. Show how the area is accessed from indoors; include fixtures – sandpit, gardens, trees, storage sheds, gates, shade areas, paving, grassed areas, any fixed equipment.
List the range of equipment and resources available within this area. Please Note: You are not required to list every item of equipment - rather you should list general items available e.g. Sand play equipment, water play equipment, bikes etc. You should also indicate any indoor equipment/resources that are regularly used outdoors. 

Documentation Required:
a.Sketch of outdoor play area.
b.List of equipment/resources used in the outdoor area.
Document your sketch and equipment list on the ‘Exploring the Outdoor Area’ template.
Workplace Task 001 – Activity 4
Exploring the Outdoor Area – Sketch of Environment
Outdoor Play Area Selected: 
Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 4
Exploring the Outdoor Area – Resource and Equipment
List indoor/ outdoor equipment/ resources that are regularly used in the area:

Activity 5

Meeting regulatory requirements
For this activity you will need to investigate how the outdoor play area you have selected meets the requirements of Regulation 113 and 114.

113 Outdoor space—natural environment
The approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that the outdoor spaces provided at the education and care service premises allow children to explore and experience the natural environment.
114 Outdoor space—shade
The approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that outdoor spaces provided at the education and care service premises include adequate shaded areas to protect children from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs. (2011). Education and Care Services National Regulations, p. 129.

Firstly you will need to provide a description, including examples and photographs, of how the outdoor area complies with these regulations. 
Next you will analyse your findings and write a brief report on your findings. Comment on any challenges the service may have in meeting these requirements (for example natural elements).

Documentation Required:
a.Description of how the outdoor area meets Regulation 113 and 114 (include examples and photographs where appropriate). 
b.Report on findings.

Document your report on the ‘Meeting Regulatory Requirements’ template.


Workplace Task 001 – Activity 5
Meeting Regulatory Requirements
How does the outdoor play area meet Regulation 113 Outdoor space – natural environment? (Provide examples/photographs where appropriate)
How does the outdoor play area meet Regulation 114 Outdoor space – shade? (Provide examples/photographs where appropriate)


Workplace Task 001 – Activity 5
Meeting Regulatory Requirements – Report on Findings


Activity 6

Checklist for QIP 
For this task you are required to assess the outdoor play environment in relation to the National Quality Standard, specifically:

Standard 3.2: The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play.
Element 3.2.1 Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments. 

In order to this you will need to complete the Quality Indicator Checklist for your selected outdoor play area. You may add to or modify the checklist to suit your service. As you are completing this checklist think about how the children and educators use the various elements of the play area and how it supports quality outcomes for the children. 
Write a report on your findings. The focus of the report is to identify key strengths. You should also identify any challenges in relation to the outdoor physical environment and recommend any areas for improvement.

Documentation Required:
a.Assessment of environment against Quality Indicator checklist.
b.Report on findings, identifying strengths and challenges.

Document your report on the ‘Quality Indicator Checklist’ template.


Workplace Task 001 – Activity 6
Quality Indicator Checklist
Quality Indicators    How does the outdoor play area support this quality indicator?
Comfortable seating is available for children and educators to sit and observe or interact.    
The children have access to water and are encouraged to be water wise.    

Water play is made available each day.    
There is space for active play such as running, kicking/throwing a ball.    
There is space for messy and noisy play.     

There are spaces for quiet play.    

The children have easy access to gardens.    
There is sufficient space for children to play alone, in pairs and in small groups.    

The equipment can accommodate children with a range of physical skills.     
The play area layout encourages social play.    

The equipment encourages social play.    
The play area and equipment promotes independence.    
The equipment is open-ended and can be used in a variety of ways.    
There are loose parts and moveable equipment.    
The sandpit is large enough to accommodate the number of children accessing it.    
The play area provides opportunities for children to interact with natural materials – plants, bark, leaves, grass, soil, water, rocks, boulders, logs, sticks, shells,  etc.    
There are pathways for bikes and other ride-on equipment.    
Climbing equipment offers appropriate challenge.    

There are opportunities for a level of age-appropriate risk-taking play.    
Children are encouraged to care for and respect the environment and natural resources.     
Children have access to a range of recycled materials.    
The outdoor environment reflects the cultural diversity of children attending the program.    
The outdoor area is accessible to children with physical disabilities.    
The play area promotes problem-solving, investigation and discovery.    
Key Strengths: 
Challenges:
Recommendations:
Activity 7

The Child’s Perspective
For this activity you are required ‘to look’ at the outdoor play space through the eyes of the child and document your findings. 
This may be done through, for example:
Observing:
How children move into and out of the outdoor area. 
Where children tend to congregate.
What appears to be the most popular play spaces? 
How children use equipment. 
How children use play spaces. 
Discussing (where appropriate):
What they like or don’t like about the area.
What, if anything, they would like to add to the play area or change.
What is their favourite space?
Make sure you get down to the child’s level and observe what the environment looks, feels and sounds like from their height. Consider whether the environment promotes their sense of safety and security yet at the same time supports them to take risks and challenges. 
Document your findings on the ‘Report on The Child’s Perspective’ template.
Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 7
Report on The Child’s Perspective
Age Group:    Date:
How children move into and out of the outdoor play area?
Where do children tend to congregate?
What appears to be the most popular play spaces?
How do children use equipment?
How do children use the play spaces?

What are the children’s thoughts about the area? – What do they like/not like? What would they add to or change about the play area? What is their favourite space etc.?
Get down to the child’s level and consider how does the environment promote their sense of safety and security yet at the same time support them to take risks and challenges. 
Other observations/findings:
Activity 8

The Educator’s Perspective.
For this task you are required to consult with your fellow educators to investigate their perspectives on the outdoor play space. Develop a list of questions to ask educators that will determine their opinions, ideas and perspectives on the following:
a.Ease of access.
b.Ease of supervision.
c.Ease of access to equipment.
d.Effectiveness of specific play spaces.
e.What they believe children like about the play spaces.
f.What they like/don’t like about the play area.
g.What, if anything, they would change or add (if finances were available).
h.How it relates to the centre philosophy.

During your consultation with educators you should also discuss how they go about engaging with children to support and challenge children’s learning in the outdoor play space. 
Document any other relevant findings from your conversations with your fellow educators.
Document your findings on the ‘Report on the Educator’s Perspective’ template.
Workplace Task 001 – Activity 8
Report on the Educator’s Perspective
Ease of access to the outdoor play environment and the areas within it.
Ease of supervision.
Ease of access to equipment.
Effectiveness of specific play spaces.
Aspects that educators like/dislike about the outdoor play environment.

What ideas (additions/changes) would the educators like to implement within the outdoor play environment, if any?

How do educators engage with children to support and challenge learning in the play space?
Any other relevant findings.

Activity 9
To complete this task refer to Chapter 6 of your textbook ‘The Big Picture’ and refer to your readings:
Orientation/Transition Policy.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: In Child Friendly Language.

The Parent’s/Guardian’s Perspective 
As part of your assessment of the outdoor environment you are required to talk to three parents/guardians to gain their perspective of the outdoor space at the service. Areas you will need to discuss with each parent include:
How important is outdoor play to the parent/guardian? 
What does the parent/guardian like about the outdoor play space? 
What, if anything, would they change or improve?

Document any other relevant information provided by the parent/guardian.

Before you begin print three of the following templates and use these to record parent responses.

Documentation Required:
a.Three (3) copies of the attached parent/guardian perspectives template.

Document your findings on the attached ‘Report on the Parent’s Perspective’ template.

Workplace Task 001 – Activity 9
Report on the Parent’s Perspective
Parent’s First Name:    Date:
Importance of play.

What the parents/guardians like about the space.

What, if anything, would they change or improve?

Other relevant findings.

Activity 10

Analysis of Findings for Quality Area 3
For this task you are required to gather all the data you have collected and reflect on and analyse this information to develop a report summarising your findings for:
 Quality Area 3:  Physical Environment
Standard 3.1: The design and location of the premises is appropriate for the operation of a service.
Standard 3.2: The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play. 
Your summary will include:
Documentation of the relevant policies and procedures that demonstrate evidence of this standard.
Documentation of the practices, processes etc. that demonstrate evidence of meeting the standard and elements. Use bullet points to highlight key points.
Identified strengths in relation to the standard and elements.
Identified areas for further development. These may be any gaps, issues, or areas of non-compliance or they may be related to developing existing quality practices to a higher standard.
Ideas for quality improvements.
Remember your findings and evidence should link directly to the information you have gathered including the perspectives from children, educators and parent/guardians. 
Please Note: You will be presenting this report to your fellow educators so ensure it is succinct.

Document your findings on the ‘Summary of Finding for QIP’ template.

Workplace Task 001 –  Activity 10
Summary of Finding for QIP
NQS Area    QA3 Physical Environment 
Standard     3.1: The design and location of the premises is appropriate for the operation of a service.
Related Policies/Procedures:

Element    Evidence of practices, processes etc.
3.1.1    Outdoor and indoor spaces, buildings, furniture, equipment, facilities and resources are suitable for their purpose.
3.1.2    Premises, furniture and equipment are safe, clean and well maintained.    
3.1.3    Facilities are designed or adapted to ensure access and participation by every child in the service and to allow flexible use, and interaction between indoor and outdoor space.
Standard    3.2 The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play.
Related Policies/Procedures:


Element    Evidence of practices, processes etc.
3.2.1    Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments.    

3.2.2     Resources, materials and equipment are sufficient in number, organised in ways that ensure appropriate and effective implementation of the program and allow for multiple uses.     

3.3.2     Children are supported to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment.     

Identified Strengths:
Identified Areas for Further Development (if required):
Ideas for Quality Improvements:
Activity 11

Report the Findings
For this task you will need to seek approval from your workplace supervisor to create a display of your findings. Your workplace supervisor must approve your report and display before it is viewed by the other team members. 
You will need to advise the team that you are creating a display of the report and that you are seeking feedback or suggestions for continuous improvement to support quality outdoor play. 
Include a brief overview of your findings. Ensure that within your display you have an area that the other team members are able to write and offer feedback. Present your report at a team service meeting. 
Write a brief report on the outcomes of the meeting in relation to the feedback given about your report and suggestions for continuous improvement.
Attach a photograph of your display to the assessment. 
Document your findings on the ‘Feedback and Ideas for Continuous Improvement’ template.
Workplace Task 001 – Activity 11
Feedback and Ideas for Continuous Improvement
Feedback on Report:
Suggestions for Continuous Improvement:
Photograph of display attached 
Activity 12

Quality Improvement Plan
Using your summary of findings for the QIP and the information gathered from the team/staff meeting; develop a Quality Improvement Plan for one element within:
 Standard 3.1: The design and location of the premises is appropriate for the operation of a service 
OR
Standard 3.2. The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play.
For your chosen element you must:
Identify the issue/s you are seeking to improve (no more than three).
Suggest an improvement for each of your identified issues.
Provide a reason for your suggested improvement.
Provide an outline of the strategies or steps that will or can be taken to achieve this improvement. 
Please Note: You are only required to complete the plan in regards to the outdoor environment. 
If you have not identified any areas for improvement you should write a short justification that outlines why there is no need for improvements.

Document your findings on the ‘Quality Improvement Plan for Quality Area 3’ template.
Workplace Task 001 – Activity 12
Quality Improvement Plan for Quality Area 3 (modified for student assessment purposes)
Key improvement sought for:  
Element     
    Identified Issues    
Improvement Plan
Suggested improvement    Reason    How this can be achieved
Activity 13

Reflection on the QIP Process
This task requires you to reflect on the process you have undergone to complete the QIP. In your reflection you need to address:
The skills/knowledge you have developed – for example, time management, understanding of how to assess quality areas etc.
How you felt about the process – how it is managed and the challenges of gathering and documenting evidence.
Questions you may have about the review and assessment process and suggestions for the future.

Documentation Required:
a.Reflections on your knowledge and role in the process.
b.Reflection on the process of assessing and planning for quality improvement.
c.Questions and suggestions for consideration in the future.
d.Research and describe two resources / support networks / websites you could access and use that will assist in developing ideas and best practices. 
Document your findings on the ‘Reflection on QIP Processes’ template.
Workplace Task 001 – Activity 13
Reflection on QIP Processes
Reflection on your knowledge and role in the process:
Reflection on the process of assessing and planning for quality improvement:
Questions and suggestions for consideration in the future: 
Research and describe two resources / support networks / websites you could access and use that will assist in developing ideas and best practices:
 

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Workplace Task 001 – Activity 2
Preparing for Assessment and Rating Report

I conducted a thorough supervision on the assessment and rating process. I noticed it is slow considering
the limited time frame. The educators are nervous and apprehensive about each step of the process.
However, everyone is giving their best to make the plan successful.

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