Information Meetings for Legally Responsible Persons of Childcare Centres

The Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE), within the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation (MEYR), held information meetings with the Legally Responsible Persons (LRPs)/representatives of Childcare Centres (CCCs) during the third week of November 2022. The aim of these meetings was to provide updates on recent developments within the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

Ms Annabel Desira, Education Officer within the Education Resources Department, delivered a presentation on the Approval of Requirements process. Ms Mary Anne Schembri, Director Business Inspections Unit, explained in detail The Inspections Reform and guided the LRPs through the process that leads to the acquisition of a High Standard of Compliance Award for their Childcare Centre.

A presentation by Ms Denise Gatt, Director Quality Assurance, and Ms Luana Iunco-Torpiano, Senior Manager Registration and Compliance Section (DQSE) followed. Ms Gatt and Ms Iunco-Torpiano outlined the changes introduced by the National Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care Services 0 to 3 Years (Oct 2021) in the Quality of Learning and Care and the Quality of the Learning Environment respectively.

The meetings were well-attended and LRPs/representatives of CCCs participated by asking questions and giving suggestions. The DQSE intends to hold similar information meetings in the future to sustain quality in Early Childhood Education and Care service provision.