The National Quality Framework (NQF) seeks to improve outcomes for children through legal obligations for all education and care services to:

  • ensure children’s safety, health and wellbeing (compliance requirements)
  • engage in quality improvement by Working Towards, Meeting and, in turn, Exceeding the National Quality Standard (quality improvement requirements).

The objectives and principles of the NQF should underpin your service’s strategic planning objectives, policy development and quality improvement processes. Everyone who works with young children need to understand, and is responsible for using, the Framework.

Introduction to the NQF


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