Nationally approved services are regulated under the National Quality Framework which will:
The National Quality Framework (NQF) includes the following:
A range of materials on the NQF is available to assist service providers:
All services are assessed against the NQS (and related requirements of the National Law and Regulations) which sets a national benchmark for the quality of children's education and care services.
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.
Services including long day care, family day care, kindergarten and pre-Prep must meet new requirements from 2014. Read about staff requirements.
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 Foundations for Success and other Queensland Studies Authority-accredited programs.
The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority monitors national consistency and assures quality implementation of the NQF.
Each state and territory is a regulatory authority and has a monitoring and compliance role and a quality assessment role under the NQF.
They are responsible for:
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 page for helpful services and hotlines.
This page was last reviewed on 16 Apr 2014