An introduction to the National Quality Framework

By Victoria Petriella


Price $45 (members price $40.50)
Subscription This module is included as a part of an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription


National Quality Standard
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA7Leadership and service management
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Victoria Petriella
Victoria Petriella is part of the ECA Learning Hub team. She has more than 15 years of experiencing working with children in long day care and outside school hours care programs. Victoria has also held leadership roles centred on helping educators move towards quality and research-based pedagogical approaches.  In addition to working in a variety...
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About this course

The National Quality Framework (NQF) was introduced in 2012 and was the result of an agreement between all Australian governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children. The NQF sets a benchmark for the quality of education and care services.

This course includes video interviews, self-reflection questions and activities designed to support a comprehensive knowledge of the National Quality Framework (NQF) in practice.

Learning outcomes

In this course you will learn about:

  • The guiding principles of the National Quality Framework
  • The Education and Care Services National Law
  • The Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • The National Quality Standard
  • Approved Learning Framework/s for early childhood
  • The Assessment and Rating Process.

After completing this course, you should have a deeper understanding of:

  • How the National Quality Framework came about, it’s aim and guiding principles
  • The Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations and know where to find information on the Law and Regulations
  • The National Quality Standard and some indicators of quality
  • The Approved Learning Framework for children birth to five years
  • The Assessment and Rating Process and what you might expect during the rating process.

The National Quality Framework is a complex document. It will take more than one professional learning session to fully understand. It is helpful to think of this course as introduction and starting point. This course is suitable for educators and professionals (at all stages of their careers) working in early childhood settings. The course includes written information and video interviews with educators.

Completing Introduction to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care Services will contribute 1 hour of PD addressing standard 7 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.




Duration: 1 hour

This module is also available within an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription.

Once you’ve finished the module, you’ll be able to download and save:

  • A certificate of completion
  • Your reflective answers