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National Quality Standard
The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a high, national benchmark for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care services in Australia.
It gives services and families a better understanding of a quality service, helping families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children.

  1. Educational program and practice
  2. Children’s health and safety
  3. Physical environment
  4. Staffing arrangements
  5. Relationships with children
  6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  7. Leadership and service management

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

Find out more on the assessment and rating process and quality ratings.
Quality ratings of assessed services are published on the national registers and on the Starting Blocks website.