The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum qualification and educator to child ratio requirements for children’s education and care services.
Educators must be working directly with children to be counted in the educator to child ratios.
Family day care ratio requirements
- 1:7 educator to child ratio
- Maximum of four children preschool age or under.
- Ratio includes the educator’s own children younger than 13 years of age if there is no other adult to care for them.
Centre-based ratio requirements
- Ratios are calculated across the service (not by individual rooms) and are based on the youngest child in care. This gives providers the flexibility to respond to the needs of children.
|Age of children|
Educator to child ratio
Birth to 24 months
All states and territories1
Over 24 months and less than 36 months
All states and territories excluding VIC
Over 36 months up to and including preschool age
ACT, NT, QLD, VIC
1:10 for centre-based services other than a preschool 1:10 for disadvantaged preschools
1:11 for preschools other than a disadvantaged preschool
2:25 for children attending a preschool program
Over preschool age
NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC
NSW – applies 1 October 2018
(or 1:10 if kindergarten children are in attendance)
1 Some declared approved services in Queensland have approval to operate at 1:5 until January 2020.