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Frameworks, Regulations and Assessment  

The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care services. 

The NQF includes:

Benefits for children and families

Research shows quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for development and learning.


The major benefits for parents and children include:



Starting Blocks provides parents with information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Both our INnovation Parkway and Sportsmans Parade services have been rated as "Exceeding" the National Quality Standards.



Exceeding the National Quality Standard (NQS) means going above and beyond what is expected at the Meeting NQS level for a standard. All standards in a quality area need to be rated Exceeding for that quality area to be rated Exceeding. 

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