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Education Council has decided to introduce new requirements under the National Regulations for approved providers of education and care services that offer, or arrange, transportation of children. The new requirements…

An updated September 2020 version of the Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF) is now available and contains includes updated guidance on: the Exceeding National Quality Standard (NQS) rating…

The final stage of the review of the six children’s education and care vocational qualifications is now underway. The revised qualifications are now available for public consultation on the SkillsIQ…

On behalf of all governments, ACECQA is currently seeking the views of providers of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and school age education and care services across Australia. We…

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) today released its 30th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality…

ACECQA’s seventh occasional paper shares detailed analysis and insights into the quality of children’s education and care services based on the socio‑economic status of their location. Children from more disadvantaged…

ACECQA has today published findings from a Quality improvement research project, undertaken during 2019. The research was commissioned by ACECQA and conducted by Macquarie University, in partnership with Queensland University…

The Australian Government continues to support education and care services and providers with up to date information about COVID-19. Health Information The Australian Government Department of Health is sharing information…

ACECQA’s latest quarterly National Quality Framework Snapshot finds the proportion of services rated Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above has remained steady at 80% since December 2019. As at…

The Australian Government today announced a new national toll free helpline for families looking for early childhood services and child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister for Education, Dan Tehan…

The Australian Government has announced that around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan that will help the early childhood…

Health Information The Australian Government Department of Health has created a webpage sharing information on management of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a health emergency. This page will be…

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s (ACECQA) family focused brand, StartingBlocks.gov.au, has launched exciting new quality early learning videos for families and the community about the importance and…

For the first time, 80% of education and care services are Meeting or Exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS). This significant milestone was highlighted in the quarterly NQF Snapshot released…

As previously advised in the ACECQA Newsletter, this year changes to the National Regulations bring in new staffing requirements. The National Regulations now require centre-based services to have a second…

Today the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), in collaboration with all governments, released its third Annual Performance Report on the National Quality Framework (NQF). With around one…

The Australian Government has announced ongoing funding for ACECQA, to ensure the continued provision of high quality early learning services for Australian families. This commitment by the Australian Government was…

From 16 November 2019, ACECQA will be the assessing authority for two occupations: Child care centre manager - listed as part of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List Child…

StartingBlocks.gov.au - Your first step into early childhood education & care - provides families with information about quality education and care. It’s a great starting point to: learn about children's…

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) today released its 26th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality…