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.
ACECQA produces resources to help services and families better understand the National Quality Framework (NQF), the assessment and rating process and what the ratings mean.
You can download and print the following posters in a range of languages.
Services can order copies of the NQF postcard for families, free of charge, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 4 ACECQA (1300 422 327).
National Quality Framework – overviewNational Quality Framework – seven quality areasQuality Area 1 Educational Program and PracticeQuality Area 2 Children's Health and SafetyQuality Area 3 Physical EnvironmentQuality Area 4 Staffing ArrangementsQuality Area 5 Relationships with childrenQuality Area 6 Partnerships with families and communitiesQuality Area 7 Leadership and service management
Quality area 1: Educational program and practice (OSHC)Quality area 2: Children’s health and safety (OSHC)Quality area 3: Physical environment (OSHC)Quality area 4: Staffing arrangements (OSHC)Quality area 5: Relationships with children (OSHC)Quality area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities (OSHC)Quality area 7: Leadership and service management (OSHC)
National Quality Framework – postcard for families
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