National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care ensures children receive a high standard of education and care. The Framework is a national system for the regulation and quality assessment of child care and early learning services.

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool and kindergarten, and outside schools hours care services. The Framework is a national approach to the regulation and quality assessment of early childhood education and care services.

The Framework includes a:

  • national legislative framework that creates a uniform national approach to the regulation and quality assessment of education and child care services in Australia
  • National Quality Standard that sets a national benchmark for the quality of education and care services
  • national quality rating and assessment process that rates services against the National Quality Standard

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is the national body that oversees and implements the National Quality Framework, with Regulatory Authorities in each state and territory.

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