Yirrkala Preschool kicking goals
Yirrkala Preschool has received an Excellent Rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, the highest rating possible.
The preschool, which is run through Yirrkala School, is one of only 45 services in Australia, and the very first very remote service, to achieve this rating.
Quality Education and Care NT Director, Reece Ravlich, said there are more than 15,300 services in scope of the National Quality Framework (NQF) across Australia.
“The Excellent Rating is the highest rating under the NQF and recognises Yirrkala Preschool as a leader in the education and care sector,” he said.
“Out of the 45 excellent rated services, Yirrkala is the only Excellent Service in Australia in a very remote area.”
With Yolngu culture as the foundation of the service and the workforce consisting primarily of educators from the local community, children learn and grow with a strong sense of identity.
The preschool was recognised for its partnerships with external organisations, their commitment to children that respects and celebrates local culture and diversity, as well as strong family engagement to enhance children’s learning and growth.
Yirrkala Preschool regularly invites school staff, community Elders and specialists into the service to run activities such as traditional storytelling and dance. Aboriginal organisations such as Yirralka Miyalk Rangers (female rangers) make bush scrub and soaps with the children and families. Dhimurra Rangers (male rangers) teach children about ‘Being Crocwise’ and take the children out on country to collect bush honey, make traditional fish traps, collect bush medicines and attend special ceremonies.
“I commend the Principal Katrina Hudson, the Yirrkala School leadership team and the Yirrkala Preschool staff for an exceptional and inspiring commitment to quality education and care that is required to achieve this rating,” Reece said.
Congratulations to the educators and staff at Yirrkala Preschool for this incredible achievement!