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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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 key components of the NQF. You will also find copies of the legislation and learning frameworks, detailed guides, podcasts and videos, information sheets and a searchable database of frequently asked questions related to the NQF.