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As at 31 March 2017, 73% of children’s education and care services are rated at Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above, up from 69% a year ago.

ACECQA Chief Executive Gabrielle Sinclair said the figures indicated the national assessment and rating system is driving quality improvement.

“I am very pleased to see the continued trend of year on year improvement in performance. The NQS is a challenging benchmark. Children’s education and care services are assessed against 58 different elements of quality. If any of these elements are not met, the service receives an overall rating of Working Towards NQS,” Ms Sinclair said.

Snapshot highlights include:

  • 88% (13,663 of the 15,593) of children’s education and care services approved to operate under the NQF have a quality rating
  • 73% (9934) of rated services have an overall quality rating of Meeting NQS or above
  • 49% (1799) of services rated at Working Towards NQS do not meet six or fewer of the 58 elements of quality
  • 1959 quality rating reassessments have been completed, with 61% (1189) resulting in the service receiving a higher overall quality rating
  • 3 services are rated as Excellent by ACECQA and 39 services are rated as Significant Improvement Required.
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