Quality Area 4 – Staffing arrangements


The aim of Quality Area 4 under the National Quality Standard is to ensure the provision of qualified and experienced educators, coordinators and nominated supervisors who are able to develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create safe and predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program.

Staffing arrangements

Standard 4.1 Staffing arrangements Staffing arrangements enhance children's learning and development.
Element 4.1.1 Organisation of educators The organisation of educators across the service supports children's learning and development.
Element 4.1.2 Continuity of staff Every effort is made for children to experience continuity of educators at the service.
Standard 4.2 Professionalism Management, educators and staff are collaborative, respectful and ethical.
Element 4.2.1 Professional collaboration Management, educators and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills.
Element 4.2.2 Professional standards Professional standards guide practice, interactions and relationships. 

Staffing arrangements

ECRH newsletter: Attracting and retaining staff – Commonwealth of Australia
ECRH newsletter: Building Resilience. For Educators! – Commonwealth of Australia
Educator wellbeing posters – ACECQA
Great Spaces/Safe Spaces – NSW FDCA / Early Childhood Education Directorate, NSW Department of Education
Positive early childhood education – National Wellbeing Service
Preparing NQF policies and procedures – ACECQA
Qualifications lead to quality – Community Early Learning Australia
Understanding and supporting educator wellbeing – Early Childhood Australia
‘You have to look after yourself’: ECEC educators and resilience – Early Childhood Australia


A fine balance: Understanding the roles educators and children play as intentional teachers and intentional learners within the EYLF – Nicole Leggett and Margot Ford
Child care staff: Learning and growing through professional development – PSC Alliance
Conducting staff meetings: Agendas and outcomes – Community Child Care
Creating positive workplace relations: Self-guided learning package – Community Child Care Victoria
Early Childhood Education Toolkit – Evidence for Learning
ECA Code of Ethics – Early Childhood Australia
ECRH Newsletter: Managing Change – Commonwealth of Australia
EYLF PLP e-Newsletter: Voices from the field – Commonwealth of Australia
Footprints in time: The longitudinal study of Indigenous children – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Information sheet: Quality Area 4 – Belonging, being and becoming for educators – ACECQA
Leading learning circles for educators engaged in study – Australian Government Department of Education
EYLF practice based resources: Team meeting package – Commonwealth of Australia
Mentoring matters – Early Childhood Development Agency, Singapore
My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia – Team meeting package – Children’s Services Central / PSC Alliance
Staff handbook – Community Child Care
The Early Years Learning Framework: Team meeting package – Child Australia
Working with people who challenge us: Self-guided learning package – Community Child Care Victoria