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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.
- 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.
QECNT policies provide advice and information to authorised officers, providers, services, educators, parents and the wider community on the principles and standards that QECNT adhere to in implementing the National Quality Framework in the Northern Territory. For QECNT polices and factsheets click here.
Key supporting resources
The following resources provide valuable information to services, educators and assessors in understanding and implementing the National Quality Standard.
|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|
|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|
|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|
Spotlight on Quality
In 2017 QECNT launched the Spotlight on Quality – Early Childhood Services Driving Quality Every Day Project. The project aims to identify and showcase quality education and care in the Northern Territory in order to promote and drive quality practice. ‘Spotlight on Quality’ events are a key initiative of the project with the following services hosting events in 2017:
- Alice Springs Child Care Centre
- Larapinta Preschool
- Bees Creek Outside School Hours Care
- Murraya Child Care Centre
- Darwin Family Day Care.
The production of Spotlight on Quality vignettes that showcase high quality practice in specific quality areas in another initiative of the project. QECNT encourages services to share the following vignettes to their staff.
- Murrupurtiyanuwu Preschool - quality staffing arrangements in a remote community
- Murraya Child Care Centre - quality physical environment
- Milingimbi Preschool - quality engagement with community services
For further information or clarification, please contact Quality Education and Care Northern Territory on (08) 8999 3561 or email@example.com.
Last updated: 24 May 2018