Assessment Process

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality AuthorityBonkers Beat aims to ensure that children have stimulating, positive experiences and interactions that foster all aspects of their development. The centre also promotes quality care for all children.

In 2010, Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare Aspendale was selected as a pilot centre to trial the NQS framework for reviewing, measuring and improving the quality of the work delivered by approved child care providers.

The National Quality Standard guides services in the provision of high level early childhood education and care by clarifying the factors that best support child development. It provides services and families the benchmarks by which high quality and excellent services may be distinguished.

The National Quality Standard is divided into seven areas that contribute to the quality of early childhood education and care. These areas have been identified by research and are:

Quality Area 1 Educational Program & Practice
Quality Area 2 Children’s Health & Safety
Quality Area 3 Physical Environment
Quality Area 4 Staffing Arrangements
Quality Area 5 Relationships with Children
Quality Area 6 Collaborative Partnerships with Families & Communities
Quality Area 7 Leadership & Service Management

All Education and care services in Australia will be assessed to determine to which extent the service meets the National Quality Standards (NQS). The five rating levels within the national quality assessment and rating process are outlined in the National Regulations and are;

  • Significant Improvement Required
  • Working Towards National Quality Standard
  • Meeting National Quality Standard
  • Exceeding National Quality Standard
  • Excellent

Each rating level represents a band of quality. Only services that receive a rating Exceeding National Quality Standard will be eligible to apply to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to undergo assessment against the criteria for an Excellent rating.

National Quality Standard Assessment Report March 2016

We’ve done it again! Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare Aspendale has been rated by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and received an outstanding rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard for the second time since the last assessment in 2012!

We truly believe that a team effort is required for success and are grateful for the continuing collaboration between our educators and our families. It is an honour to provide education and build a strong foundation for children’s future.

While we received a Exceeding for 55 Elements out of 58, we will continue to work hard to grow and develop and ensure we are always delivering the best outcomes for children.

Summary Comments from the NQS Report 2016:

“The service has achieved an overall rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard.

Respectful and supportive interactions were demonstrated between the educators, children and their families. This was particularly evident in area six, where the service achieved an exceeding rating based on building positive partnerships through effective communication and a welcoming environment. Children demonstrated a sense of confidence and security which was evident in their interactions with visitors to the service. The physical environment was welcoming and supported the implementation of the program.

The service demonstrated a commitment to ongoing learning and development.”


National Quality Standard Assessment Report September 2012

The Bonkers beat Music Kinder & Childcare, Aspendale in Melbourne rated “Exceeding” NQS (E) by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority.

Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare Aspendale went through the National Quality Standard Assessment and Rating Process recently and received an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard.

We at Bonkers Beat are very proud of the work that has been put in to achieve this rating, however, our quest for excellence is an ongoing process which will continue.

The children who learn at Bonkers Beat Music Kinder & Childcare Aspendale develop a strong foundation through the music and wellbeing programs that gives them the best possible start to their lifelong education.

Summary Comments from the NQS Report 2012:

“…The service has achieved an overall rating of exceeding the National Quality Standard. The service was guided by strong leadership and management with an ongoing commitment to regular review of policies and procedures based upon feedback provided by staff, children and families. The educators’ ideas, philosophies and approaches that guided their everyday practice were based on an approved learning framework that maximised each child’s learning and development opportunities and resulted in the delivery of a high-quality program.

The service has worked particularly well at engaging families and this was reflected by the increased participation of families in social events and within the program. The service performed strongly in the area of children’s health and safety which was measured by the educators’ ability to provide planned and spontaneous activities where health and nutrition and physical activity were strongly promoted.

The service is congratulated in their efforts to take an active role in contributing to a sustainable future and for its participation in the rating and assessment process.” 25 October 2012