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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 9 > Early Childhood Education National Quality Framework Changes

Early Childhood Education National Quality Framework Changes

Changes will be made to the National Quality Framework to ensure quality education and care of students. Legislation changes will come into effect on 1 October 2017, with the revised National Quality Standard commencing on 1 February 2018. Early_Childhood.jpg

Issue snapshot: 

  • Changes to the Early Childhood Education National Quality Framework (NQF) have been agreed upon by the Federal Government.
  • The revised National Quality Standard will commence in all states and territories on 1 February 2018.
  • While our union welcomes reforms that address problematic issues, we believe there is a need to for a regulatory environment to be established initially, rather than having employees be subject to numerous check-ups. 

The Federal Government, together with the state and territory governments, has agreed to changes to the NQF following a review of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care. Changes to the law and regulation will be introduced to ensure quality education and care in Australia continues to improve under the NQF in the most efficient and effective way possible. 

On 1 October 2017 legislative changes will come into effect in all states and territories, except Western Australia. In Western Australia changes will commence by 1 October 2018 to allow legislation to pass through WA parliament. 

The revised National Quality Standard will commence on 1 February 2018 in all states and territories, including WA. 

The key changes include:

  • A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) to strengthen quality through greater clarity, remove conceptual overlap between elements and standards, clarify language and reduce the number of standards and elements from 18 standards to 15, and 58 to 40 elements. 
  • Improved oversight and support within Family Day Care to achieve better compliance and quality across the whole sector.
  • Removing supervisor certificate requirements so service providers have more autonomy in deciding who can be the responsible person in each service, and to reduce red tape.
  • Introduction of a national educator to child ratio of 1:15 for services providing education and care to school age children. Transitional arrangement and saving provisions apply in some states and territories. 

Our union welcomes reforms as long as they appropriately address problematic issues in our sector. However, we stress the need for a regulatory environment where expectations of Early Childhood Education workers are set out during the initial stages of employment, rather than staff being subject to numerous check-ups. 

Our Early Childhood Education members need to know about the changes to effectively administer them in their centre. Further information on the can be found at the ACECQA website