Best Start Outcomes
The primary and optional outcomes listed below are medium-term outcomes, and have been devised to focus and organise partnership efforts so that they align with Best Start key directions.
|Primary outcomes ||Children engage and participate in early childhood education (kindergarten and Supported Playgroups)|
|Children and families actively engage with MCH services, attending key ages and stages visits|
|Optional outcomes ||Children acquire literacy and numeracy skills through active participation in their education|
|Early childhood services provide an engaging environment for children and families experiencing vulnerability|
Implementing Best Start
The new approach is centered on monitoring and reporting. An evaluation of the Best Start program highlighted the need for clearer, more measurable and more evidence-based strategies and actions.
The new approach provides Best Start partnerships with evidence-based strategies and actions to deliver measurable benefits for young children.
Best Start partnershipships will now use rapid action-reflection 'Plan, Do, Study, Act' cycles. The cycle tests an idea by temporarily trialing a change and assessing its immediate impact.
Improved data collection and reporting will assist local communities, service providers and Government to track and regularly monitor the progress towards the outcomes.
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