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National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care and outside of school hours care services across australia ( 

The NQF includes;

  1. National Law and National Regulations
  2. National Quality Standard
  3. Assessment and Quality Rating Process
  4. National Learning Frameworks

The major benefits for children and their families include:

  • Improved educator to child ratios
  • Educators with increased skills, knoweldge and qualifications
  • Better support for children's development and learning 
  • Consistent, Transparent information on educators, services and providers through the national register
  • Starting Blocks - provides information to families about early childhood education and care services to assist them in making the best choice for them and their children. 

There are 7 National Quality Standards (NQS) in the NQF. They are as follows:

NQS 1: Educational Program and Practice

NQS 2: Children's Health and Safety

NQS 3: Physical Environments

NQS 4: Staffing Arrangements

NQS 5: Relationships with children

NQS 6: Collaborative Partnerships with families and communities

NQS 7: Governance and Leadership


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