The National Quality Framework (NQF) – which applies to most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care services – will be changing from 1 October 2017 in all states and territories, except for Western Australia (where changes will commence by 1 October 2018). A revised National Quality Standard (NQS) will commence in all states and territories on 1 February 2018.
ACEQA have advised that the changes to the NQF and NQS may impact upon ECE qualifications. Course materials in particular may need to be revised to account for the range of legislative amendments. The ACECQA website (http://acecqa.gov.au/nqf-changes/) details the changes and provides information sheets and other resources that may be of use.
Additional resources and a new Guide to the National Quality Framework are to be published on the ACECQA website before 1 October 2017. The publication of these materials will be announced in the ACECQA newsletter and through the ACECQA Facebook and Twitter accounts.