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Education and Care Services Act 2013

The Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act) supports quality outcomes for children and adopts elements of the National Law for some small scale services, especially those in rural and remote areas.

It applies to the following services not captured under the National Quality Framework:

  • services funded by the Queensland Government to provide limited hours care
  • occasional care services
  • budget-based funded services that do not receive Australian Government Child Care Benefit
  • early childhood education and care services that are also disability services funded under the Disability Services Act 2006.

The department is responsible for approving and regulating services under the ECS Act.

Services must meet the following requirements:

Educator-to-child ratios

Educator to child ratios are calculated across the service, based on the number of children under one Queensland approval, not by individual rooms. Read more about educator-to-child ratios

Educator qualification requirements

Educators needed to meet ratio requirements must hold or be actively working towards an approved qualification.

They must also hold approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis management qualifications. Read about first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis management qualifications

Learning frameworks

Approved services under the ECS Act must ensure a program based on an approved learning framework is delivered to children at the service.

New buildings under a new building code

New services and services carrying out assessable building works to their premises must adhere to the Building Code of Australia. Find out more about building and physical environment standards.

Compliance, monitoring and enforcement

The department is responsible for monitoring early childhood education and care services to ensure they comply with the requirements of the ECS Act and Regulations. Read more about compliance, monitoring and enforcement

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