Innovative programs and community participation has helped Unicare Early Childhood Education achieve recognition as a Centre of Excellence.
Unicare, situated on The University of Western Australia's campus, is a community based not-for-profit facility which provides education for children as well as support for new educators.
Unicare received the excellent rating after an assessment by the Australian Children Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) granted it the highest mark in all seven quality areas.
ACECQA Board Chair Rachel Hunter said Unicare was dedicated to improving quality education and care outcomes for children.
"The programs and improved practices of educators at the service enhance children's learning and growth and inspire quality education and care nationally," Ms Hunter said.
Unicare cares for up to 122 children at a time and has been established at UWA's campus since 1988.
The facility is involved with many research projects at UWA while also providing quality education in fields of maths, science, literature and discovery of the outdoors through the Attenborough program.
"The ‘excellent' rating promotes and reinforces the value of quality education and care and recognises the efforts of the people working in our sector," Ms Hunter said.
Unicare Executive Director Karen Palmer said the achievement was a fantastic result for the centre.
"Unicare is extremely proud of this achievement, which is only attained by a minority of services. We hope you will join us in celebrating and congratulating all educators, their dedication to children's education, wellbeing and continuous improvement is outstanding."
David Stacey (UWA Media) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716