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Australia’s education and care sector continues to grow and ongoing improvement is taking place under the National Quality Standard (NQS), according to new data released by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Karen Curtis said the performance of services in reassessment was particularly pleasing, with two-thirds of services receiving a higher overall quality rating.

“With so many reassessed services receiving a higher rating, it shows the National Quality Framework is working as intended, driving quality and continuous improvement,” Ms Curtis said.

“This means that families with children entering education and care for the first time can know they are entering a sector that encourages services to improve their programs and practices, providing children with quality experiences early in life that can lead to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life.”

Snapshot highlights include:

  • 15,417 children’s education and care services operating across Australia
  • 80% of these have received a quality rating
  • 49 services have been rated Excellent by ACECQA
  • 967 services have been reassessed, with 66% resulting in an improved overall quality rating.


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