National Quality Framework
Understanding the National Quality Framework - focusing on children's health, development and well being.
In December 2009, all Australian State Governments agreed to a new National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. This means that all Australian children, regardless of their location, will get the best possible start in life through high quality early childhood education and care and school age care services. The Framework helps providers improve their services in the areas that impact on a child’s development and empower families to make informed choices about which service is best for their child. Our Service has been rated Excellent by ACECQA. Read more about our rating here.
The National Quality Framework includes:
- A National legislative framework that consists of the Education and Care Services National Law and Education and Care Services National Regulations
- National Quality Standards
- An Assessment and Rating system
- A Regulatory Authority in each state and territory who will have primary responsibility for the approval, monitoring and quality assessment of services in their jurisdiction in accordance with the national legislative framework and in relation to the National Quality Standard.
- The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA is responsible for providing oversight of the new system and ensuring consistency of approach.
Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework is an early childhood curriculum framework, which will guide early childhood educators in developing quality, early childhood education programs. The framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years, as well as their transition to school. This will help ensure consistency in the delivery of learning programs around Australia. The Early Years Learning Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning. The framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. In addition, the framework has a focus on successful transition to formal schooling.
My Time, Our Place Framework
The My Time, Our Place Framework aims to extend and enrich children’s wellbeing and development in school age care settings. It acknowledges that children need a place to engage in a range of play and leisure experiences that allow them to feel happy, safe and relaxed. It also recognises that they need time to interact with friends, practice social skills, solve problems, try new activities and learn life skills. Children’s learning in school age care settings compliments their learning at home and at school. In school age care settings there is great importance placed on relationships and nurturing children’s talents and interests.
For more information about the National Quality Framework visit www.mychild.gov.au and www.acecqa.gov.au