Accreditation – NQS & NQF

Last Updated: 11 November 2013

 The National Quality Standard and The National Quality Framework

The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care services in Australia.

As the NQF progresses, every service in the country will be assessed to make sure it meets the new quality standard. In the meantime, as safety is paramount all day and every day, every service must comply with rigorous health and safety requirements.

To ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years, the NQS promotes continuous improvement in quality.

The major benefits for parents and children include:

  • improved educator to child ratios
  • greater individual care and attention for children
  • educators with increased skills and qualifications
  • better support for children’s learning and development
  • a national register to help parents assess the quality of education and care services in their area

The 7 Quality Areas by which quality childcare is defined are:

1)      Educational Program and Practice

2)      Children’s Health and Safety

3)      Physical Environment

4)      Staffing Arrangements

5)      Relationships with Children

6)      Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities

7)      Leadership and Service Management

The Rating System

The National Regulations prescribe the rating levels within the national quality assessment and rating process (regulation 57). The rating levels are displayed in this document as follows:

Rating Level


Significant   Improvement Required


Working   Towards National Quality Standard


Meeting   National Quality Standard


Exceeding   National Quality Standard


Assessment and Rating Results

Gladesville Out of School Hours Inc. was assessed and rated in August 2013 with a rating of Meeting all 7 Quality Areas surpassing the satisfactory level to pass.
Thanks to all the Educators and Parent Management Committee hard work and committed team we have achieved Meeting National Quality Standard. This is an extremely positive result and we are working towards our next visit in 2 ½ years time. Please Click Here to view the centre’s 2013 Assessment and Rating Certificate.

For further details on the Education and Care Services National Law Application, and the Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2013.

Education and Care Services National Law Application

Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2013

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