Flinders Early Learning Centre Excels in the National Quality Standards

Our Flinders Early Learning Centre (FELC) has received a glowing quality assessment and ratings process, exceeding expectations in all seven quality areas of the National Quality Standards. 

FELC was applauded for its “outstanding result” by the Queensland Department of Education’s Early Childhood Education and Care.

The department’s accreditation report noted, “FELC’s outstanding result is reflective of the exceptional team, dedicated and inspirational leadership, and a shared desire for genuine connection and positive outcomes for children, families and the wider community.” 

The centre is located in a rainforest setting alongside our Matthew Flinders Anglican College Prep to Year 12 campus in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, with many FELC families choosing to transition their children to Flinders for the Preparatory year to start their Primary School journey.

The centre supports 120 families with children from three-to six-years of age through a Reggio Emilia approach and creative Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.

FELC was also praised for its commitment to enabling its learners to explore the natural environment through its Bush Kindy program, Flinders Farm visits, and community and rainforest gardens.

The report stated, “At FELC, the environment is truly a third teacher, with intentional design and connection to nature significant features of the thoughtfully curated spaces for children, families and educators.

“Robust and effective risk identification, analysis and management systems safeguard children while encouraging freedom, exploration and meaningful participation for every child.” 

FELC excelled in all seven quality areas of educational program and practice, children’s health and safety, physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships, and governance and leadership. 

FELC Team of Teachers and Educators Committed to Excellence

FELC Director Jo Osborne said the team of 30 teachers and educators was delighted to receive an outstanding accreditation report.

“Our team at FELC proudly strives to create the most supportive, creative and caring environment and learning experience for our children, so it is wonderful to be recognised for this commitment,” Mrs Osborne said.

“The aim is for our young learners to feel empowered, safe, seen and heard throughout their learning journey,” she said. 

“We thank our FELC families for their involvement in and support of our learning approach, whether attending our workshops, supporting the children’s creative projects or appreciating the efforts of our staff to do the best for their children.” 

Learn more about the Flinders Early Learning Centre at https://www.mfac.edu.au/learning/flinders-early-learning-centre/

Main image caption: FELC Director Jo Osborne with learners in the centre's gardens

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