The National Quality Framework raises quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services.Established in 2012, the NQF applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside schools hours care services.
As an educator or service provider, you will find this section contains detailed information on the National Quality Framework, its implementation and how it applies to you.
Starting Blocks is our new, family friendly resource to give parents information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family. Visit the Starting Blocks website for more information.
A regulatory authority in each state and territory regulates and assesses children’s education and care services. In this section regulatory authority staff will find information and resources to support their work.
The aim of Quality Area 2 under the National Quality Standard is to safeguard and promote children’s health and safety, minimise risks and protect children from harm, injury and infection.
All children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their physical and psychological wellbeing and provides support for each child’s growing competence, confidence and independence.
A 2016 ACECQA research paper drew on information from the reports of authorised officers and the National Quality Agenda IT System to examine how service providers are delivering against the requirements of Quality Area 2.
Read about the other quality areas here.
Additional information about the quality area, standards and elements can be found in the Guide to the National Quality Standard.
Quality Area 2 resources:
Health and wellbeing
Staying Healthy in Child Care: Preventing infectious diseases in child care
Sunsmart Early Childhood Policy Guidelines
Executive function – brains
Executive function - skills for life and learning
How brains are built: the core story of brain development
Guide to physical health and wellbeing
Connections: a resource for early childhood educators about children's wellbeing
Embedding healthy eating and physical activity
Get up and grow: healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood
Using the AEDC
How to promote healthy eating and nutrition PSC Alliance how to series
Connecting with practice - routines around lunch
Establishing healthy lifestyle habits - ACECQA We hear you blog
Physical activity or sun protection?
National physical activity recommendations for children 0-5 years
Active play for early childhood centres and family day care
Yulunga: traditional indigenous games
Connecting with practice - hand and shirt washing
Health, safety and wellbeing
Victorian RA - supervision fact sheet
Child protection legislation
Supporting children's mental health
National framework for protecting Australia's children 2009-2020
National child protection week
Child protection in Australia
Protecting the safety and wellbeing of young people