National Quality Framework

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.

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All Australian Governments have agreed on the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care.

To ensure Australian children get the best possible start in life, the NQF sets a consistent, high quality standard for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care services.

This section explains how the NQF came about, its structure and objectives. You will also find many detailed guides and information sheets on the NQF and how to contact your regulatory authority should you have any questions or concerns.