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National Quality Framework

​​Most early childhood education and care services in Queensland are regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The NQF applies to most kindergarten, long day care, outside school hours care, pre-Prep and family day care services. Read the definitions of early childhood services to see if the NQF applies to you.

The NQF aims to improve:

  • quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services
  • educational and developmental outcomes for children using education and care.

It includes:

Regulatory authorities

Each state and territory is a regulatory authority and has monitoring and compliance and quality assessment roles under the NQF.

In Queensland, the department is the regulatory authority and is responsible for:

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Last updated
10 April 2017
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