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Legislation

In Queensland, the legislation that applies to you - either the National Quality Framework or the Education and Care Services Act 2013 - depends on the type of service you operate.

National Quality Framework

Most services are regulated by the National Quality Framework. These include:

Centre-based services

Kindergarten
Kindergarten services generally operate for 6 hours on school days during school terms and provide care and education for children in the year before they attend full-time school.

Long day care
Long day care services provide care and education for children from birth to school age, including before and after school care, depending on the individual service. Services generally operate for at least 10 hours a day from Monday to Friday for a minimum of 48 weeks each year.

Outside school hours care
Outside school hours care (OSHC) is provided for school-aged children before and after school and as vacation care for at least 4 weeks a year.

Pre-Prep
Pre-Prep programs are education and care programs offered to children in the year before they attend full-time school on school sites. Pre-Prep programs are delivered in 35 Indigenous communities via the Queensland Government's Bound for Success initiative.

Family day care

Previously known as a home-based service, family day care offers education and care in the private homes of registered educators through a family day care service. Family day care educators are monitored and supported by the service coordination unit. A group of educators operate under 1 service approval through the service. Limits apply to the number of children in care who can be cared for in a home.

Education and Care Services Act 2013

These services are approved and regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act)

Stand-alone care services where care is provided for up to six children, usually in a person's home are also regulated by the ECS Act.

Unregulated services

Certain types of care are not regulated in Queensland

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