Topic 3: What is the National Quality Standard?

Topic 3: What is the National Quality Standard?


Welcome to the ACECQA Guide to the National Quality Framework. This is a video series for parents and families of children
who attend early childhood or school age care services. In this episode, we explain the importance of the National Quality Standard. The National Quality Standard is based on a
lot of Australian and international evidence about how to support and promote children’s learning and development. We know that the quality of education and care that
children receive from the time they are born lays the foundation for their learning, development and wellbeing throughout their lives. The National Quality Standard aims to ensure the highest quality
of education, care and safety for your child, whether they attend long day care, family day care,
preschool, kindergarten or outside school hours care. The National Quality Standard is very closely linked to two main national learning frameworks: The Early Years Learning Framework and the School Age Care Framework. You might also hear the Early Years framework called Belonging, Being, Becoming and the school age care framework is also called My Time, Our Place. By linking the National Quality Standard to learning frameworks, we are
helping services create strong educational programs supported by high-quality practices. The National Quality Standard places your child at the
centre of the new quality system and it requires educators to pay careful attention to
your child’s needs, ideas, suggestions and behaviours. The Standard also recognises that families have a very important part to play in working with educators and services for the benefit of their children. The National Quality Standard is made up of seven quality areas: Educational program and practice Children’s health and safety Physical environment Staffing arrangements Relationships with children Collaborative partnerships with families and communities; and finally Leadership and service management. The quality areas contain 18 specific standards. The standards all have one thing in common: they
support each child’s individual learning and development needs.

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