Below are free and paid resources to support FDC educators and services.

They are organised by the 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS) and one general resources section.

Have fun exploring!

The following resources include free and paid tools to further your Professional Development in the 7 key Quality Areas of Family Day Care.

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for Early Childhood Education and Care and Outside School Hours Care services in Australia. The NQS includes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children.

Services are assessed and rated by their regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a rating for each of the 7 quality areas and an overall rating based on these results.

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Educator and child

Quality Area 1 Educational program and practice

Educational program and practice of educators are child-centred, stimulating and maximise opportunities for enhancing and extending each child’s learning and development.

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Quality Area 2 – Children's health and safety

Children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that safeguards and promotes their health, safety and wellbeing.

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Quality Area 3 – Physical environment

Physical environment is safe, suitable and provides a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children’s learning and development.

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Quality Area 4 – Staffing arrangements

Qualified and experienced educators, who develop warm, respectful relationships with children, create predictable environments and encourage children’s active engagement in the learning program.

Educator and child

Quality Area 5 – Relationships with children

Relationships with children are responsive, respectful and promote children’s sense of security and belonging.

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Quality Area 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Collaborative relationships with families are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children, and community partnerships based on active communication, consultation and collaboration are essential.

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Quality Area 7 – Governance and leadership

Effective leadership and governance of the service contributes to quality environments for children’s learning and development. Effective leaders establish shared values for the service and set clear direction for the service’s continuous improvement.

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General Resources

Resources that cover other important areas of Family Day Care services, and those that may cover multiple Quality Areas.

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