The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is an independent national authority, based in Sydney. One of ACECQA’s many roles is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children’s education and care. We also provide governments, the sector and families with access to the most current research to ensure the National Quality Framework (NQF) policy and service delivery is in line with best practice across the country.
ACECQA guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally and ensures consistency in delivery.
The National Quality Framework (NQF) is the result of an agreement between all Australian governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children using education and care services.
The NQF introduces a new quality standard to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
The seven quality areas covered by the National Quality Standard are: