National Quality Standards


These standards include seven Quality Areas against which

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

  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


What is the National Quality Standard Assessment process?

Services are assessed and rated by their regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a rating for each of the 7 quality areas and an overall rating based on their results. For more information please visit







Why is the assessment process important?

The assessment process provides valuable external feedback to early childhood services, including areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.


What is the Early Years Learning Framework and how does it relate to the Standards?

The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.


What are Quality Improvement Plans?

An important part of the standards is the requirement for services to develop ongoing Quality Improvement Plans (QIP)

The aim of a QIP is to help providers self-assess their performance in delivering quality education and care and to plan future improvements. The QIP also helps the regulatory authorities with their assessment of the service. A QIP helps providers to document the strengths of their services and to
recognise areas for improvement.

The Quality Improvement Plan must:

  • include an assessment of the quality of practices of the service against the National Regulations and National Quality Standard

  • identify areas the provider considers may require improvement

  • contain a statement about the philosophy of the service

Greengables develops our QIP in consultation with staff, families

and children. Children are consulted for development of curriculum, activities and playground changes and parents are consulted in relation to events at the
centre, feedback towards curriculum, playground/environment changes. To view a copy of our QIP it is located in the hall way leading to the office.


Greengables has a current Rating of Meeting the National Quality Standard.

March 2018