Quality Area 7 – Governance and leadership


The aim of Quality Area 7 under the National Quality Standard is to support effective leadership and management of the service that contributes to quality environments for children’s learning and development. Well-documented policies and procedures, well-maintained records, shared values, clear direction and reflective practices enable the service to function as a learning community.

An ongoing cycle of planning and review, including engagement with families, creates a setting for continuous improvement.

Governance and Leadership

Standard 7.1 Governance Governance supports the operation of a quality service.
Element 7.1.1 Service philosophy and purpose A statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations.
Element 7.1.2 Management Systems Systems are in place to manage risk and enable the effective management and operation of a quality service.
Element 7.1.3 Roles and responsibilities Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and understood, and support effective decision making and operation of the service.
Standard 7.2 Leadership  Effective leadership builds and promotes a positive organisational culture and professional learning community.
Element 7.2.1 Continuous improvement There is an effective self-assessment and quality improvement process in place.
Element 7.2.2 Educational leadership The educational leader is supported and leads the development and implementation of the educational program and assessment and planning cycle.
Element 7.2.3 Development of professionals  Educators, co-ordinators and staff members’ performance is regularly evaluated and individual plans are in place to support learning and development.
ACECQA Self-assessment tool
ACECQA Information sheet: Practical ideas to support continuous quality improvement
Employee management and development kit (Early Learning Association Australia)
Leading learning circles for educators engaged in study 
Employee performance audits
Conducting staff meetings: agenda and outcomes (OSHC)
Educator/staff appraisal training and development
Self-assessment tool: Professional Learning Plan – PSCA


Creating an organisational culture of your dreams
Learning and growing through professional development
ACECQA We Hear You blog: Professional development planning
Professional learning seminars
Talking about practice: the quality improvement process
Pursuing best practice: What does it take to drive continuous improvement?
Using complaints to support continuous improvement
ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 7 - Using complaints to support continuous improvement
ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 7 - Reviewing your service philosophy


ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 7 - The role of the educational leader
ACECQA We Hear You blog: Educational Leader role: 3 part blog series   
What does it mean to be the Educational Leader in your service?  
The role of the educational leader - pages 5-9
ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 7 - Educational leadership and team building
Talking about practice: The role of the educational leader
Developing a learning community for educational leaders - pages 6-7
Sharing educational leadership - pages 16-17
Being and becoming leaders - pages 37-39
The dark side of leadership: troubling times at the top
Leading excellent pedagogy and practice in children’s services
Enablers for effective professional conversations
Leadership in education and care - Laurie Kelly
What does leadership look like in early childhood settings?
Assessing the quality of early childhood education and care
How to develop and update policies successfully
Change management in early childhood education and care