The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a new national benchmark for the
quality of education and care services. It will also give services and
families a better understanding of a quality service. This will enable
families to make informed decisions about the services providing education
and care to their child. The National Quality Standard is a key aspect of
the National Quality Framework.

The National Quality Standard was informed by research about best practice
and the way in which high quality education and care contributes to positive
outcomes for children. It comprises quality areas, standards and elements.
The seven quality areas in the National Quality Standard are:

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children’s health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Leadership and service management.

The National Quality Standard is linked to national learning frameworks that
recognise children learn from birth and outline practices to support and
promote children’s learning. These are:

  • Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework
    for Australia (‘Early Years Learning Framework’)
  • My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia
    (‘Framework for School Age Care’).

A key focus of the National Quality Framework is to promote continuous
quality improvement. From 1 January 2012, education and care services
covered under the Education and Care Services National Law will begin to be
assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard. The relevant
Regulatory Authority in each state and territory undertakes the assessment
and rating process and is the point of contact for any questions services
may have about the assessment and rating process. The Australian Children’s
Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) will provide oversight of the
assessment and rating system.

Detailed policies are available on all topics covered by NQS. Please
communicate your interest to the Director or Licensee.