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ECEInitiatives ‹ National Quality Standard

National Quality Standard

The National Quality Standard, developed in partnership with State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments, is intended to deliver higher standards for young children in the areas of education, care and health across Australia.

Early childhood education and care services within scope of the National Quality Standard include long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and preschool services across Australia. Western Australia’s kindergarten year is what is referred to nationally as ‘preschool’.

In November 2013, the Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Collier, informed all principals  that early childhood programs to Year 2 in Western Australian schools will be required to meet the NQS.

NQS Professional Learning in 2014

Two day workshops will be available for principals and teachers working in Kindergarten to Year two classes.  The workshops will enable participants to gain an understanding of the scope of the seven quality areas of the NQS, have a clearer sense of daily practices which indicate that the NQS is being ‘met’ and develop a working knowledge of supporting materials.

Additional information and registration details will be available on the Institute for Professional  Learning website in the coming weeks.

Page last updated 31 January 2014

National Quality Standard