Quality Education and Care NT

Quality Education and Care Northern Territory (QECNT) is the regulatory authority responsible for administering the National Quality Framework across the Northern Territory.

National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework (NQF) is a unified, national regulatory and quality assurance system for early childhood and school age education and care services. It was established in 2012 and applies to most long day care, family day care, kindergarten, preschool and outside schools hours care services.

This system:

  • works to provide children with the best start in life
  • promotes best practice, raises quality and drives continuous improvement in education and care services
  • streamlines the administration and regulation of education and care services
  • ensures services meet the needs of families
  • provides parents with information about the quality of the services their children attend.

Implementation of the National Quality Framework in the Northern Territory

On 1 January 2012, regulation of long day care, family day care, three year old kindergarten, preschools and outside school hours care services under the Education and Care Services (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations commenced in the Northern Territory.

The majority of education and care services in the Northern Territory have undergone their first assessment and rating. QECNT continues to work with service providers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the regulatory requirements and support continuous improvement.

QECNT works closely with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the organisation responsible for ensuring the NQF is applied consistently across Australia.

What is the role of QECNT?

QECNT is part of the Northern Territory Department of Education. Its key roles include monitoring compliance, conducting assessment and quality rating visits, and undertaking incident and complaint investigations.

Key supporting resources

The following resources provide valuable information to services, educators and assessors in understanding and implementing the National Quality Standard.

Resource Audience
National approved learning frameworks
Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia for educators
My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia for educators
Guides
Guide to the National Quality Standard for services and assessors
Educators’ Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia for educators
Guide to Developing a Quality Improvement Plan for services
Quality assessment tools
National Quality Standard Assessment and Rating Instrument for assessors and services
Guide to Assessment and Rating for Services for services
Websites
Australian Government Department of Education and Training: Early Years Learning Framework for services, families and assessors
Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for services, families and assessors

Contact details

For further information or clarification, please contact Quality Education and Care Northern Territory on (08) 8999 3561 or qualityecnt.det@nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 12 October 2017