National Law and National Regulations set the “National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care”. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversee this National Quality Framework. Long Day Care, Family Day Care, Pre-school/Kindergarten and Out of School Hours Care in all states and Territories (except Western Australia) are required to comply with the National Law, which gives effect to the National Quality Framework.
The National Quality Framework consists of Seven National Quality Standards (NQS) that are used by services to self-assess current practice, determine where quality improvements can be made, and plan effective implementation of these improvements. Regulatory Authorities complete an ongoing assessment of each service and have the primary responsibility for service approval, monitoring and quality assessment.
The quality areas are:
– Educational Program and Practice
– Children’s Health and Safety
– Physical Environment
– Staffing Arrangements
– Relationships with Children
– Leadership and Service Management
– Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities
Tanunda Lutheran Early Learning Centre has received an overall NQS Rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard with all seven quality areas achieving the Exceeding NQS rating.