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National Quality Standard        1 February 2018

The National Quality Standard sets a new national benchmark for the quality of education and care services. It will also give services and families a better understanding of a quality service. This will enable families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. The National Quality Standard is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework. It brings together the seven key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children.

The National Quality Standard is accompanied by a national quality rating and assessment process that reflects a national approach to the assessment and reporting of the quality of education and care services across the variety of service settings. The availability of this information promotes transparency and accountability and will help parents make informed choices regarding the quality of education and care at a service. Each service will receive a rating for each quality area and an overall rating.

7 Quality Areas         15 Standards        40 Elements

The 7 Quality Areas are:

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 GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP 

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