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.
Our Families section outlines how quality education and care is vital to your child’s development and explains what the National Quality Framework means for you.It provides practical information so you know what to look for, what questions to ask and where to find answers.
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.
Improving educator to child ratios allows staff to give more individual care and attention and contributes to better social and learning outcomes for children. Educators are able to develop more effective and meaningful relationships with children, resulting in more engaged, happy and relaxed individuals.
ACECQA’s mythbuster team address what’s fact from fiction and dispel some of the myths around assessments and ratings, procedures, qualifications, training, educator to child ratios, applying for an Excellent rating, waivers and National Registers.
Wondering what 'actively working towards' an approved early childhood teaching (ECT) qualification means for counting towards ratios or recognition as an ECT?
The following information explains when those studying and actively working towards an ECT qualification can be counted as a certificate III or diploma holder for ratio purposes, or recognised as an ECT.
Actively working towards an approved certificate III level qualification
Actively working towards an approved diploma level or early childhood teacher qualification
Your qualification is recognised if it appears on these approved qualification lists or if you obtained a qualification on a former approved qualification list on or before 31 December 2011.
January 2012 marks the start of a new, national approach to quality improvement in early childhood and school age education and care services.