Top marks for local preschool
EVANS Head preschoolers and their teachers know they are on a good thing when it comes to their little school.
A new standards system set by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority has seen Evans Head Preschool gain the highest national ranking available.
"All early childhood places are judged on these new national quality standards rating," director Allyson Cuskelly said. "We were chosen randomly to be one of the first centres to be ranked."
Staff were understandably nervous about the new system.
"We thought we would get the second-lowest ranking where it says we need to work towards the right standard," Ms Cuskelly said.
"We ended up getting the highest rank, which means we exceeded the standards required."
Since their successful rating, Ms Cuskelly said the centre had received phone calls from many other preschools yet to go through the ranking.
"All our local families are pleased for us," she said.
"They keep telling us they knew we'd pass.
"It vindicates what you have been doing and we have been working very hard to achieve these standards."
Ms Cuskelly said it's great for Evans Head to know there is a quality service in town.
"They know they can send their children here safely."