Care centre passes audit

TEST: Council's Child Care Centre has passed a surprise test with flying colours.
TEST: Council's Child Care Centre has passed a surprise test with flying colours.

The Whyalla City Council's Child Care Centre has passed an Education Standards Board surprise audit with flying colours.

The early childhood to senior schooling board conducted an unannounced audit in February to ensure the centre met all legislative requirements within the Education and Care Regulations under the Education and Care Services National Law.

The authorised Education Standards Board officer found there were no areas of non-compliance at the Whyalla Child Care Centre on Nicolson Avenue.

During the visit, meaningful discussions were also held with centre staff regarding programming methods, the playground standards, staffing requirements, the new sign-in system, the centre's menu, the current standard Council review of the centre, engagement with a quality plan, staff qualifications and support for families who do shift work.

A report on the audit and subsequent clean-bill-of-health for the centre was presented to elected members at the March Council meeting with a recommendation to accept the report, and commend all the staff for their efforts, carried unanimously.

Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the audit result was a fantastic result for the child care centre and a real credit to the staff.

"This centre is so important for our city and the families that utilise it," Mayor McLaughlin said.

"To have it pass an unannounced audit with flying colours is credit to the staff there, the staff at Council that help in the running and also the families that take their children there.

"It is a wonderful thing for the families to know our child care centre ticks all boxes and can relied upon to take the very best care of the children that attend.

"We knew that anyway but to have it rubber stamped by the Education Standards Board is very comforting and rewarding for all those involved."

The Whyalla Child Care Centre is a 68-place community based centre which cares for children from birth, until they start school (8 years during school holidays).

The centre provides a unique and diverse educational program with nutritious snacks and meals that are prepared on site.

It is available for your child care needs Monday to Friday from 7:45am to 5:45pm, 50 weeks of the year, except public holidays with full time, sessional and hourly care available.

For more information phone (08) 8645-4030 or go to the Council website at https://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=810.