The National Quality Framework raises quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services.Established in 2012, the NQF applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside schools hours care services.
As an educator or service provider, you will find this section contains detailed information on the National Quality Framework, its implementation and how it applies to you.
Starting Blocks is our new, family friendly resource to give parents information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family. Visit the Starting Blocks website for more information.
A regulatory authority in each state and territory regulates and assesses children’s education and care services. In this section regulatory authority staff will find information and resources to support their work.
The aim of Quality Area 6 under the National Quality Standard is to recognise that collaborative relationships with families are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children and that community partnerships that are based on active communication, consultation and collaboration are also essential.
Read about the other quality areas here.
Additional information about the quality area, standards and elements can be found in the Guide to the National Quality Standard.
Quality Area 6 resources:
Quality Area 6-Building partnerships with families
Continuity of learning
Using the AEDC to support transition
Transition to school
Children's agency in communities: A review of literature and the policy and practice context
Partnerships with professionals
Place-based approaches to supporting children and families
Supporting smooth transitions to school
How to plan effective transitions for children
What is the best modern evidence to guide building a community?
Continuity of learning - a resource to support effective transition to school and school age care
Supportive relationships with families
Collaborative partnerships with families
Building partnerships between families and early childhood staff
Supporting children's mental health
Family centred practice
Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
Engaging marginalised and vulnerable families
Integrating services for young children and their families
Actively engaging families
How to build strong partnerships with families
How to generate family involvement in service management
Fact Sheet 13 - Shared visions for outside school hours care - Developing partnerships with families
Talking about practice: Cultural competency ECA
Embedding ATSI perspectives
Cultural awareness - reconciliation resources ECA
Children's Services Central - Indigenous Professional Support Unit (NSW & ACT)
Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, SNAICC Consultation Overview
Making Connections with Aboriginal Communities
Engaging with Aboriginal Communities - where do we start?
Cultural diversity and children's wellbeing Kids Matter
Embedding culture in sustainable ways
Incorporating cultural competence in everyday practice