What is the NQF?


Our centre follows the National Quality Framework (NQF) was introduced into Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Outside School Hours Care in 2012, across Australia. The NQF is part of the Australian Government's agenda for early childhood education and child care and focuses on providing Australian families with high-quality, accessible and affordable integrated early childhood education and child care.


7 Quality Areas:

The NQF has 7 quality areas that centres need to follow. These areas are:

  1. Educational program and practice

  2. Children’s Health and Safet

  3. Physical Environment

  4. Staffing Arrangements

  5. Relationships with Children

  6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

  7. Leadership and service management

Each service is assessed and rated against the criteria outlined above.


As part of the NQF, the government developed an Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), 2009, which is a play based curriculum that services must also follow. The EYLF, 2009, describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.


EYLF 5 Outcomes
  1. Children have a strong sense of identity

  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  3. Children have strong sense of wellbeing

  4. Children are confident and involved learners

  5. Children are effective communicators



Assessment and Rating
  1. Not Yet Meeting National Quality Standards

  2. Working towards

  3. Meeting

  4. Exceeding – once a centre is deemed exceeding them may apply for Excellent.


Our service has been rated as MEETING and we are working towards making our next assessment rating Exceeding.


For further information you can visit the ACECQA website:  www.acecqa.gov.au

10-12 Salisbury Road

(PO Box 2)

Upper Beaconsfield VIC 3808

Upper Beaconsfield
Community Centre

Phone:  (03) 5944 3484

Fax : (03) 5944 4179


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