Under the National Law and Regulations, services are required to base their educational program on an approved learning framework. This should focus on addressing the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child, while taking into account individual differences.
National approved learning frameworks
There are 2 nationally approved learning frameworks which outline practices that support and promote children’s learning:
Approved learning framework under the NQF for young children from birth to five years of age
Approved learning framework under the NQF for school age children.
Other state and territory frameworks
There are also the following approved learning frameworks specific to Victoria and Western Australia:
- Victoria: Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
- Western Australia: Curriculum Framework for Kindergarten to Year 10
National Quality Standard
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.