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ASK ABOUT THE CHILD CARE RATING

EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES ARE RATED AGAINST 7 QUALITY AREAS. MOST SERVICES WILL RECEIVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OVERALL RATINGS

Significant Improvement Required

Service does not meet one of the seven quality areas or a section of the legislation and there is a significant risk to the safety, health and wellbeing of children.

The regulatory authority will take immediate action.

Working Towards National Quality Standard

Service provides a safe education and care program, but there are one of more areas identified for improvement.

Meeting National Quality Standard

Service meets the National Quality Standard.

Service provides quality education and care in all seven quality areas.

Exceeding National Quality Standard

Service goes beyond the requirements of the National Quality Standard in at least four of the seven quality areas.

Excellent

Service promotes exception education and care, demonstrates sector leadership, and is committed to continually improving.

This rating can only be awarded by ACECQA.

Services rated Exceeding National Quality Standard in all 7 Quality Areas may choose to apply for this rating.

The 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard

1 Educational program and practice | 2 Children's health and safety | 3 Physical environment
4 Staffing arrangements | 5 Relationships with children
6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities | 7 Governance and leadership



To find quality approved early education and care in Australia visit
www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care/