Exceeding the NQS
Exceeding NQS is going above and beyond what is expected at the Meeting NQS level.
Exceeding practice is:
- Embedded in service operations (Theme 1).
Practice is embedded in service operations when it occurs consistently, frequently and intentionally as part of an ongoing process that is understood and implemented by all educators across all aspects of the program.
- Informed by critical reflection (Theme 2).
Critical reflection involves a deep level of regular and ongoing analysis, questioning and thinking that goes beyond evaluation and review. Critical reflection informs practice when the continuous reflection of all educators, individually and together, influences decision-making and drives continuous quality improvement.
- Shaped by meaningful engagement with families and/or the community (Theme 3).
Practice is shaped by meaningful engagement with families and/or the community when educators actively seek input, guidance and feedback from children, families and the community. Meaningful engagement with families and/or the community helps to shift thinking, shape ongoing practice and foster a culture of inclusiveness and sense of belonging for all.
These themes are explored further within the Guide to the NQF.
To be rated Exceeding NQS overall, all Quality Areas must be at least Meeting NQS, and four or more Quality Areas must be Exceeding NQS, with at least two of these being Quality Areas 1, 5, 6 or 7.
The higher level of quality is assessed against each of the 15 NQS Standards using the three Exceeding themes.
The Guide to the NQF
The Exceeding guidance in the Guide to the NQF includes general guidance on the Exceeding themes, reflective questions for services on Exceeding practice for all Standards, as well as questions used by authorised officers to help establish whether Exceeding practice has been demonstrated.
We have developed case studies offering practical examples of high quality practice in outside school hours care, prior to school centre-based and family day care services for each Standard.
The case studies are collections of layered, detailed examples of how high quality practice relating to each Standard could look across a service. They focus on particular aspects of practice, within a particular service context.
It is hoped they will support increased understanding and confidence in recognising and demonstrating Exceeding level quality, and inspire discussion and reflection on ways that practice can be improved. The Exceeding guidance in the Guide to the NQF, which includes the indicators for Exceeding practice, the reflective questions for Exceeding practice at the Standard level, and the questions used by authorised officers to establish Exceeding practice against each Exceeding theme, may be used to consider the case studies and facilitate this discussion and reflection.
The case studies are not extracts from assessment and rating reports for services that have been rated Exceeding NQS in those particular Standards, and they do not comprehensively describe or set the benchmark for the ways that a service can demonstrate Exceeding NQS practice for those Standards.
Please come back to visit this page as more case studies will be added over time.
- Quality Area 1
- Quality Area 2
- Quality Area 3
- Quality Area 4
- Quality Area 5
- Quality Area 6
- Quality Area 7
We welcome your feedback on the case studies, including features you particularly like or ideas for improvement. Please send your feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.