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National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services across Australia. The National Quality Framework introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care services. Changes to the NQF commenced in 2017 to ensure quality education and care in Australia continues to improve in the most efficient and effective way.

The NQF includes:

  • National Law and Regulations
  • National Quality Standard
  • Assessment and Quality Rating Process
  • Approved National Learning Frameworks

We have continual improvement process in place to ensure our practices & procedures are being enhanced and evaluated. Our Service has a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) in place, which is a component of the assessment & rating process, in addition to the Coordination Unit and selected Educators being visited and assessed by an Assessment Officer from the Department of Education and Training (DET). We can also receive random visits by an Assessment Officer at any time, at which time they will visit the office and selected educators. You are welcome to view our QIP either at the Coordination Unit office or at your Educator’s home/venue. Our Service has been assessed as Working Towards the National Quality Standards.

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA - pronounced a-see-kwa) is an independent national authority that assists governments in administering the National Quality Framework for children's education and care.

ACECQA works with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

  • Implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years of age and their families.
  • Monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories.
  • Support the children's education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children.

ACECQA is an independent national authority based in Sydney. It is guided by a governing Board whose members are nominated by each state and territory and the Commonwealth. The Board is accountable to the Education Council.

Further relevant information, including the National Law and the National Education and Care Regulations can be accessed on the ACEQA website

Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011

Our service must comply with the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

The Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 can be viewed upon request at the Coordination Unit office or online at your Family Day care Educator’s home or venue. You can also access them here:

Approved Learning Frameworks

Your Educator will observe your child while in care, document and plan individual learning outcomes for your child in accordance to one of the three approved Learning Frameworks:

  • ‘Being, Belonging, Becoming’ Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), - 0-5 years.
  • The Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework (VEYLDF) – 0-8 years.
  • My Time Our Place (MTOP) – School age children.

The Educational program should focus on addressing the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child, while taking into account individual differences.

You can access these Frameworks by viewing them at your Educator’s residence or at the Coordination Unit Office. You can also access these Frameworks online by clicking on the following link:

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