National Quality Framework 



Overview of the framework

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.

All Australian Governments have agreed on the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care. 

To ensure Australian children get the best possible start in life, the NQF sets a consistent, high quality standard for early

childhood education and care and outside school hours care services.

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