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Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, approved under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations, and operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF) include Preschools, Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services. ECEC services for children under school age, operating under this legislation, offer an educational program and practice delivered in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework. These approved services do not include Prep or Kindergarten minus 1 classes offered by a registered school as the first year of enrolment in that school.
The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the national implementation of the NQF, which is the application of the National Law and Regulations. The NQF covers the following areas:
The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the national implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which is the application of the National Law and Regulations covering all early childhood services.
In NSW, the regulator for early childhood services is the Department of Education's Early Childhood Education Directorate (ECED). In order to operate a service approved under the NQF, several regulatory approvals are required, including Provider Approval and Service Approval. The ECED only accepts online applications for approvals and notifications which are submitted through ACECQA’s National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS).
As a requirement of the NQF, all approved ECEC services are assessed against the National Quality Standard and given a rating against seven quality areas, plus an overall rating. Ratings are published to provide parents and the community more information about individual services.
The seven areas for assessment are:
Governance and Leadership
It is important for ECEC providers to refer to information in the Regulations for requirements for these areas, as there may be local variations from national requirements. For example, the educator to child ratio for children in NSW aged 36 to preschool age is 1:10, not 1:11 as for some other jurisdictions.
Independent schools with approved ECEC services operating under the NQF need to engage with the National Law and Regulations, the NQF, the National Quality Standard, the approved learning framework and the NSW regulator to be fully compliant with government requirements.
The websites and documents below provide some essential resources for schools operating approved ECEC services.
AISNSW also provides additional information on OSHC through its Out of School Hours Care web page.
For more information about requirements relating to approved ECEC services please contact the AISNSW Regulation and Accreditation team on (02) 9299 2845 or by email.