Quality Area 4 - Staffing arrangements

The aim of Quality Area 4 under the National Quality Standard is to ensure the provision of qualified and experienced educators, coordinators and nominated supervisors who are able to develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create safe and predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program.

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Staffing arrangements

Standard 4.1Staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Element 4.1.1Educator-to-child ratios and qualification requirements are maintained at all times.
Standard 4.2Educators, co-ordinators and staff members are respectful and ethical.
Element 4.2.1Professional standards guide practice, interactions and relationships.
Element 4.2.2  


Educators, co-ordinators and staff members work collaboratively and affirm, challenge, support and learn from each other to further develop their skills and to improve practice and relationships. 
Element 4.2.3Interactions convey mutual respect, equity and recognition of each other’s strengths and skills.


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 4 resources:

Staffing arrangements

Staffing for quality

Educator to child ratios ACECQA

Staffing arrangements

NQF staffing requirements in Queensland

Work health and safety in education and care services

Supporting educators in family day care and in home care

Policies in practice: recruitment of educators, staff and volunteers

Practice Mentor Capability Framework

Qualifications matter 

Supervision fact sheet


Quality Area 4-Belonging, being and becoming for educators

Creating a community of learners - pages 14-15

Conducting staff meetings - OSHC

Team building- OSHC

ECA Code of Ethics

Developing inclusive relationships among early childhood staff

Educator interactions and relationships

The Early Years Learning Framework team meeting package

Creating positive workplace relations

Working with people who challenge us

A strengths-based approach to empowering educators as agents of change- FDC

A fine balance: understanding the roles educators and children play as intentional teachers and intentional learners within the EYLF