Evidence for Learning: ACECQA National Quality Standard (NQS)

ACECQA National Quality Standard (NQS)

The Early Childhood Education Toolkit aligned to the ACECQA National Quality Standard

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of education and care services and includes seven quality areas that are important to outcomes for children.

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The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is an independent national authority that assists governments in administering the National Quality Framework (NQF) for children’s education and care. ACECQA provides guidance, resources and services to support the sector to improve outcomes for children.

ACECQA works with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

  • implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years of age and their families
  • monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories
  • support the children’s education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood and school-age education and care services in Australia. The NQS includes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children.

Services are assessed and rated by their state or territory regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a quality rating for each of the 7 quality areas and an overall rating based on these results.

The Early Childhood Education Toolkit can help children’s education and care services consider the evidence on approaches across the 7 quality areas in the NQS. Use the links below to access the Toolkit approaches mapped to each quality area.