Edcation and care services operating under the National Quality Framework are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard and the requirements of the
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (National Regulations).
The ratings for each service are available at the website of the
Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the
The National Regulations and the National Quality Standard are organised around seven quality areas. The seven quality areas are informed by best practice and the way in which high-quality education and care is delivered.
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
The ratings that can be achieved by education and care services are:
Excellent (awarded by ACECQA)
Exceeding National Quality Standard
Meeting National Quality Standard
Working Towards National Quality Standard
Significant Improvement Required
Assessment and rating visits are announced.
For more information about the assessment and rating process please see the
Assessment and Rating Fact Sheet Series and
Frequently Asked Questions – Assessment and Rating. Information about the assessment and rating process is also available from
Evaluation of the assessment and rating process
The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to evaluate the assessment and rating process nationally. The ACER report is available from the