National Quality Standards
Research has demonstrated early childhood education and care to result in better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. In response to this, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has established a set of National Quality Standards (the NQS) to improve the overall standard of Australian long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and out of hours school care facilities. The NQS includes:
- The National Law and National Regulations
- The National Quality Standards
- An assessment and quality rating process
- National learning framework
The National Quality Standards are essential to the early childhood sector as they call for better child to staff ratios, higher levels of qualifications and better support for children’s learning and development with approved learning frameworks.