The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care across Australia, including Family Day Care.

It includes the National Law and National Regulations, the National Quality Standard, an assessment and quality rating process, and national learning frameworks.


Brochure Building Belonging Becoming

Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Framework

My Time Our Place brochure

School Aged Learning Framework


Guide to The National Quality Framework


Education and Care Services Regulations


Education and Care Services National Law

Furniture and Safety Materials Checklist

Quality Improvement Plan Template


How often does anaphylaxis and asthma training need to be refreshed?

Approved anaphylaxis and asthma training must be renewed at least every three years.

Does a person in day-to-day charge of a service need to have Child Protection Training?

In NSW, nominated supervisors and persons in day-to-day charge must complete a child protection course approved by the NSW Regulatory Authority (section 162A).

What child protection courses are required?

The current Child Protection courses are:

  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCPRT002 – Support the rights and safety of children and young people

A range of other courses are accepted if they were completed previously – see here for full list.

Do Family Day Care Educators need to keep copies of children’s enrolment and attendance records?

Regulation 178 of the Education and Care National Regulations requires that: a child’s enrolment records (as per regulation 160) and attendance records (as per regulation 159), are to be kept by Family Day Care educators.

The regulations also state that the Family Day Care educator is responsible for keeping child enrolment and attendance records until the end of three years after the child was last cared for.

An educator must A family day care educator must provide all enrolment documents (plus other documents referred to in regulation 178(1) ) to the FDC service when they leave that service or cease being a FDC educator.

What is required around fire equipment?

Regulation 97 requires that an educator must have instructions for emergencies, an emergency and evacuation floor plan, and there must be a risk assessment is conducted to identify potential emergencies including fire. An educator must also rehearse the emergency and evacuation procedures every 3 months and document these.

The Assessment guide for meeting Element 2.2.2 of the National Quality Standard requires that educators and coordinators have ready access to emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets and evidence that these are tested as recommended by recognised authorities.

Where can i find more information about the National Quality Framework?

The best place is the Guide to the NQF on this page or the ACECQA website

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