National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.

The NQF is a national system for the regulation and quality assessment of child care and early learning services.

It applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool and kindergarten, and outside schools hours care services.

The NQF includes a:

  • national legislative framework that creates a uniform 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 (ACECQA) is the national body that guides and reports on the NQF, while regulatory authorities in each state and territory are responsible for its implementation.

As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $61.1 million over three years to June 2018 to support states and territories to implement the NQF.

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