Excellent rating

The Excellent rating is the highest rating an education and care service can achieve.

The purpose of the Excellent rating is to:

  • celebrate excellence in the delivery of education and care
  • engage and involve families and the community in the profession’s discussion about quality and what is important in education and care
  • learn from and be inspired by examples of highly accomplished practice, innovation and creativity in education and care
  • promote and reinforce the value of education and care and the people who work in the sector
  • recognise providers and educators who are champions of quality improvement.The Excellent rating is the highest rating an education and care service can achieve.

Hear from Excellent rated services about what made their service Excellent on our NQF videos and podcasts page.

Apply for the Excellent rating

Providers with a service rated Exceeding the National Quality Standard overall can apply.

Complete the application form and demonstrate how your service meets the criteria:

Excellent rating application form

Application criteria and guidelines 

Application criteria and guidelines 

Additional guidelines and resources to assist your application can be found in the resources section below.

How many Excellent rating applications has ACECQA received?

ACECQA releases data concerning the number of Excellent rating applications received and processed. This information is updated quarterly.