Quality Area 3 - Physical environment

Thursday 11 April, 2013

The Quality Area Physical environment focuses on the physical environment at an education and care service.

The environment must be safe, suitable and provide a rich and diverse range of experiences promoting children’s learning and development.

Quality Area 3: Standards and elements

Standard 3.1

The design and location of the premises is appropriate for the operation of a service.

Element 3.1.1

Outdoor and indoor spaces, buildings, furniture, equipment, facilities and resources are suitable for their purpose.

Element 3.1.2

Premises, furniture and equipment are safe, clean and well maintained.

Element 3.1.3

Facilities are designed or adapted to ensure access and participation by every child in the service and to allow flexible use, and interaction between indoor and outdoor space.

Standard 3.2

The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play.

Element 3.2.1

Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments

Element 3.2.2

Resources, materials and equipment are sufficient in number, organised in ways that ensure appropriate and effective implementation of the program and allow for multiple uses.

Standard 3.3

The service takes an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future.

Element 3.3.1

Sustainable practices are embedded in service operations.

Element 3.3.2

Children are supported to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment.


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.