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Child Care Ratings

Services are assessed and rated against 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard: 

  Educational program and practice
Your child is supported to participate in play and learning
   
Children’s health and safety
Your child is protected from illness and hazards
   
Physical environment
Your child plays in a safe and well maintained environment
   
Staffing arrangements
There are enough qualified staff to give your child the attention they need
   
Relationships with children
Your child is made to feel supported and welcomed
   
Partnerships with families and communities
Local community involvement and respect for the beliefs and values of families
   
Leadership and service management
Your child is cared for in a positive environment.


They are given a rating for each quality area (above) and an overall rating based on these results. You should consider all these ratings when choosing a service

Most services will receive one of the three middle ratings below.

National Quality Standard Rating Chart

 

You might also come across a service with the following classification, 'Provisional–Not Yet Assessed against the National Quality Framework (Not Yet Rated)'. The National Quality Standard is fairly new, so not all services have been assessed and rated yet. There are other ways you can determine the quality of a service. 

See our checklist on how to spot quality on our first visit to an early childhood service.


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