The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education


Standard 8: Planning and Evaluation

Enriching and informing all aspects of practice within the setting requires cycles of observation, planning, action and evaluation, undertaken on a regular basis.

Component 8.1 | Component 8.2 | Component 8.3 | Component 8.4

Component 8.1 - Each Standard area of practice is reviewed regularly through appropriate and tailored processes of observation, planning, action and evaluation.

Signposts for Reflection


What types of review processes are appropriate to each of the 16 Standards specific to the National Quality Framework?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Person-centred review
  • Structural review
  • Resource review
  • Evidence and documentation
  • Change management review
  • External review process


How often do you undertake reviews within the practice categories of the Standards?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Daily/weekly/monthly
  • Term/annual
  • Rolling review


What aspects of the Standards require more frequent review than others?

Component 8.2 - The setting has established and documented review structures.

Signposts for Reflection


What review structures are in place in your setting?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Time management
  • Self-review
  • Supervision and appraisal
  • Inputs from parents and children
  • Progress reports
  • Evidence and documentation
  • External evaluation/audits

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Component 8.3 - There is a mechanism in place to ensure that review processes lead to changes in practice.

Signposts for Reflection


When change is indicated by the review process, how do you incorporate that change into practice?


Where can you access support when you are engaging in changing your practice?

Component 8.4 - The outcomes of review structures and processes are recorded, stored and shared, as appropriate.

Signposts for Reflection


How do you document your review processes?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Review templates
  • Curriculum/programme planning notes
  • Records of decisions
  • Minutes of meetings
  • Practice diaries
  • Evaluation reports


How do you ensure that records are stored and shared appropriately, ensuring confidentiality? See 10.6 See 12.2/12.3

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