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.
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.
Improved educator to child ratios started on 1 January 2016 for services in the ACT, NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. There are no changes in Tasmania and Western Australia where the ratios were already in place.
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.