Changes to the Early Childhood Education National Quality Framework

Let’s talk change! In this ever-evolving landscape that we call the Early Childhood Sector – regardless if you have been in the sector for many many years or have just joined it – nothing really stays the same forever!

As all good things should be reviewed – these reviews can bring some changes to what we previously knew or thought – so let’s have a look at the National Quality Framework (NQF).

2018 saw some updates – these included the following:

  • A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) was introduced to help clarify how quality is rated in education and care services.
  • The number of standards of the NQS has been reduced from 18 to 15, and the elements from 58 to 40.
  • The language is clearer, and each standard and element now describes a single unique concept.
  • New guidance will clarify the difference between the Meeting NQS and Exceeding NQS rating levels for each standard.
  • Services will be assessed and rated against the revised NQS from 1 February 2018. If a quality assessment visit starts before 1 February 2018, the service rating will be completed against the current NQS, and any review of this rating will also be against the current NQS.

The changes allowed for a more streamlined NQS which was revised in consultation with the Early Childhood Sector. This consultation was extremely important as no one knows the industry quite like the professionals in the sector.

The Education Gap (TEG) loves to hear from the Early Childhood Sector to ensure it is also keeping up to date with what’s important to its amazing Early Childhood Educators and Education Centres who are members.

Be sure to drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know what is happening in your centre, and if the changes to the National Quality Standard have been a good or a great thing for you when you went through the Assessment and Rating Process.