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NQS (National Quality Standard)


NQS - National Quality Standard

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care (Kindergarten – Year 2) and outside school hours care services in Australia.

The National Quality Standard | ACECQAincludes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children.

      QA1 Educational program and practice

      QA2 Children’s health and safety

      QA3 Physical environment

      QA4 Staffing arrangements

      QA5 Relationships with children

      QA6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

      QA7 Governance and leadership

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


The major benefits for parents and children include:

  • Improved educator to child ratios, ensuring children have greater individual care and attention for children
  • Educators with increased skills and qualifications
  • Better support for children’s learning and development through approved learning frameworks (Early Years Learning Framework, EYLF)
  • Consistent, transparent information on educators, providers and services in the national registers.

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