The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care services.
The NQS is divided into 7 areas that contribute to the quality of early childhood education and care:
Services are assessed and rated on their performance against each of the 7 quality areas.
Services will receive a rating for each of the standards, 7 quality areas and 1 of the following overall ratings:
Exceeding National Quality Standard
Meeting National Quality Standard
Working Towards National Quality Standard
Significant Improvement Required
We anticipate most services will be rated as 1 of the following:
These services are meeting minimum legislative requirements to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children and are encouraged to continually improve the quality of education and care.
The availability of this information will help parents to understand a service's quality and to find one that best meets their needs.
The department, as the regulatory authority, monitors all services to ensure they meet their legal requirements, regardless of whether they have been assessed and rated.
Until your service is assessed and rated, it is considered Provisional-Not Yet Assessed under the National Quality Framework. This rating must be displayed at the service. Download a template not-yet-assessed notice to fill in and display at your premises.
This page was last reviewed on 25 Mar 2015