What's Changed


The National Quality Framework (NQF) is a breakthrough for Australian children’s education and care. For the
first time, every state and territory in Australia will be working to achieve the same quality outcomes for

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.

What the NQF means to you


Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for their development and learning. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity
to learn. Research shows quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life.

Children need quality care and attention that meets their individual needs. The two main influences on the quality of care are:

  • caregiver qualifications, and
  • lower staff to child ratios.

These factors are particularly beneficial for very young children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Increased quality, consistent standard


The NQF safeguards children’s safety, health and wellbeing and sets a National Quality Standard (NQS) so children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years.

The NQS promotes continuous improvement in quality


The major benefits for parents and children include:

  • improved educator to child ratios in most services
  • greater individual care and attention for children
  • educators with increased skills and qualifications
  • better support for children’s learning and development
  • a ratings system to help parents assess the quality of education and care providers in their area.

Better caregiver qualifications


Substantial research shows higher qualified educators improve outcomes for children. The higher their qualifications, the greater their understanding of child development, health and safety issues. These educators are better equipped to lead activities that inspire children and help them learn and develop.

Educator to child ratios


Improving educator to child ratios allows staff to give more individual care and attention and contributes to better social and learning outcomes for children. Educators are able to develop more effective and meaningful relationships with children, resulting in more engaged, happy and relaxed youngsters.

Read more about improved educator to child ratios.

What the NQF means for your child


The NQF is designed to give your child the best possible start in life. It is a national system, designed to provide transparency and accountability.

National Registers live in Australia or if your family moves interstate, you can compare apples with apples when it comes to finding child care.

You can find information about child care in your area on the MyChild website.

You can also contact your state or territory regulatory authority.

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