Educational Program and Practice

​Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011

REFERENCE​REQUIREMENT​APPLIES

​Section 168

​Offence relating to required programs

A program must be delivered to all children being educated and care for by the service that:

  • is based on an approved learning framework
  • is delivered in a manner that accords with an approved learning framework
  • is based on the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child
  • is designed to take into account the individual differences of each child 
​All services
​Regulation 73(2)

​Educational program

An educational program is to contribute to the following outcomes for each child—

  • the child will have a strong sense of identity
  • the child will be connected with and contribute to his or her world
  • the child will have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • the child will be a confident and involved learner
  • the child will be an effective communicator
​All services
​Regulation 74

​Documenting of child assessments or evaluations for delivery of educational program
For the purposes of the educational program, the following must be documented:

  • for a child preschool age or under—
    • assessments of the child's developmental needs, interests, experiences and participation in the educational program
    • assessments of the child's progress against the outcomes of the educational program

Consider:

  • the period of time that the child is being educated and cared for by the service; and
  • how the documentation will be used by the educators at the service; and
  • whether the documentation is prepared in a way that is readily understandable by educators at the service and parents of the child 
​Children preschool age or under
​Regulation 75

​Information about educational program to be kept available

  • information about the contents and operation of the educational program for the service must be displayed at the education and care service premises at a place accessible to parents of children being educated and cared for by the service; and
  • a copy of the educational program must be available at the education and care service premises for inspection on request
​Centre-based services
​Regulation 75

​Information about educational program to be kept available

  • information about the contents and operation of the educational program for the service must be displayed at the education and care service premises at a place accessible to parents of children being educated and cared for by the service; and
  • a copy of the educational program must be available at each family day care residence or family day care venue for inspection on request Family day care services
​Family day care services
​Regulation 76

​Information about educational program to be given to parents

  • a parent of a child being educated and cared for by the service is provided with the following information on request—
    • information about the content and operation of the educational program so far as it relates to that child
    • information about the child's participation in the program
    • a copy of the documents kept under regulation 74 in respect of the child All services

More information

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is the national, independent statutory authority governing the National Quality Framework.
Phone: 1300 422 327
Email: enquiries@acecqa.gov.au  
Web: Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

The Department of Education and Training is the Regulatory Authority in Victoria.
Phone: 1300 307 415
Email: licensed.childrens.services@edumail.vic.gov.au  
Web: Regulation and Quality Assessment