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National Quality Framework

Nationally approved services are regulated under the National Quality Framework External Link which aims to improve:

The National Quality Framework (NQF) includes the following:

A range of materials on the NQF is available to assist service providers:

What this means for Queensland services

Quality rating system

All services are assessed against the NQS External Link (and related requirements of the National Law and Regulations) which sets a national benchmark for the quality of children's education and care services.

More educators to look after children

The NQF is phasing in nationally consistent ratios of educators to children in most service types. The first substantial change for Queensland services will occur in 2016.

Improved educator qualification requirements

Services including long day care, family day care, kindergarten and pre-Prep must meet new requirements from 2014. Read about staff requirements.

Uniform early childhood and school age care learning frameworks

The NQS is linked to 2 national learning frameworks that outline practices to support and promote children's learning:

There are a number of supporting guidelines for Queensland services including the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline External Link and Foundations for Success as well as other Queensland Studies Authority-accredited programs.

National body

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority External Link monitors national consistency and assures quality implementation of the NQF.

Regulatory authorities

Each state and territory is a regulatory authority External Link and has a monitoring and compliance role and a quality assessment role under the NQF.

They are responsible for:

Need help?

A series of frequently asked questions has been developed.

NQF Resources for Queensland early childhood education and care services are also available.

Visit the contacts External Link page for helpful services and hotlines.

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This page was last reviewed on 12 Nov 2014


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