As at 31 December 2016, more than 70 per cent of children’s education and care services have been rated at Meeting National Quality Standard (NQS) or above, according to new data released by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
ACECQA Chief Executive Officer Gabrielle Sinclair said the figures indicated the national assessment and rating system is driving quality improvement, with the latest results up from 68 per cent at the end of 2015, 65 per cent at the end of 2014 and 59 per cent at the end of 2013.
“I am very pleased to see the continued trend of year on year improvement in performance because the NQS is a very high benchmark. Children’s education and care services are assessed against 58 different elements of quality. If any of these elements are not met, services receive an overall rating of Working Towards NQS,” Ms Sinclair said.
“The national rating of education and care services is not designed as a pass-fail system. It examines a broad range of quality measures and encourages continuous improvement. With over 1700 reassessments undertaken, more than 60 per cent have resulted in a service receiving a higher overall quality rating. More than 900 services have improved their overall rating from Working Towards NQS to Meeting NQS or Exceeding NQS at reassessment.”
Snapshot highlights include:
- 15,434 approved children’s education and care services in Australia
- 86 per cent of these have a quality rating
- 53 services have been rated as Excellent by ACECQA
- 1705 services have been reassessed, with 62 per cent resulting in the service receiving a higher overall quality rating.