National Quality Framework
The National Quality Framework is an agreement between all Australian Governments to work together and provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children. This Framework provides a new quality standard for early education and covers care across day care centres including long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care.
The National Quality Framework Includes:
This framework brings together 7 key quality areas that are important for children, including:
Educational Program and Practice – your child is supported to participate in play and learning
Children’s Health and Safety - your child is protected from illness and hazards
Physical Environment - your child plays in a safe and well maintained environment
Staffing Arrangements - there are enough qualified staff to give your child the attention they need
Relationships with Children - your child is made to feel supported and welcomed
Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities - local community involvement and respect and inclusion of all beliefs and values
Leadership and Service Management - your child is cared for in a positive environment
Benefits of this Framework
Research shows that high-quality early education and care leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are essential for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and learning capacity. Early education shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for later development and learning – so, it is essential that early education is as well-understood, protected and thorough as can be. The major benefits of the National Quality Framework include:
Improved educator to child ratios, ensuring children have greater individual care and attention for children
Better support for children’s learning and development through approved learning frameworks
Consistent, transparent information on educators, providers and services in the national registers.
Want more information? Check out Starting Blocks, a resource that provides parents with essential information about early education and care and allows carers to make the best choices for their child. You can read more about the National Quality Framework here.
At Dragonfly's, we are guided by the National Quality Framework. We are committed to providing your child with the best early education and care possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.