Overview of the National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework came into effect on 1 January 2012 and introduced a new quality standard to improve education and care in outside school hours care services.

It is important for OSHC educators to have a solid foundation of the National Quality Framework before delving deeper into each of the Quality Areas.  The first module ‘An introduction to the National Quality Framework’ is a valuable starting point for all educators working in education and care to understand all the components of the National Quality Framework.

Educators working in OSHC would find this module useful to learn about and understand:

  • The overarching National Quality Framework (NQF)
  • The guiding principles of the National Quality Framework
  • The National Law and Regulations
  • The National Quality Standard
  • Approved Learning Framework for Outside School Hours Care
  • The Assessment and Rating Process

OSHC Quality Development Program Entry Survey

Before commencing the OSHC QDP online professional learning please complete the below survey.  Completion of this survey will assist in evaluating the program and ensuring we are meeting the ongoing professional learning and support needs of OSHC services in NSW.



Online Professional Learning

Below is the ECA Learning Hub online professional learning designed for NSW OSHC educators that introduces the National Quality Framework.

This program is due to end and we are not taking additional registrations at this time.

Overview of the National Quality Framework

Cost: Free

Duration: 60 minutes

Educators will be introduced to the National Quality Framework and it’s multiple components to ensure they understand the core compliance and quality documents that underpins their work in OSHC.


Additional free resources

ACECQA. (2018).  What is the NQF?

ACECQA. (2018).  Guide to the NQF 

ACECQA. (2018). Information sheet – Nominated Supervisors

ACECQA. (2018). New Guidance on determining exceeding NQS for standards from 1 Feb 2018

ACECQA. (2018). Exceeding NQS theme guidance. 

ACECQA. (2017). We Hear You – Stories from the sector: Changes to the National Quality Framework.