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Legislation and guidelines

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To ensure the delivery of quality early childhood education and care services, Queensland providers and services are governed by national and state regulations, frameworks, and guidelines. Information in this section can be used by families, carers, providers and services. You can learn about the different aspects of operating a service by selecting from the below options.

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National Quality Framework and legislation

Find out about the National Quality Framework, the Education and Care Services Act 2013, and unregulated services.

Setting up a new service 

Learn about the key elements to consider when planning a new service including legislation, approvals, staffing and learning frameworks.

Approvals

Learn about the process to become an approved provider and service and learn about building approval and food licences.

Approved learning frameworks

Learn about the Census, what it is used for, when it is run and how to complete.

Assessment and ratings

Find out about the assessment and rating process including overall ratings, quality improvement plans, preparing for assessment, and compliance and enforcement actions.

Facilities and building requirements 

Learn about standards for buildings and physical environments to ensure the safety of children and staff.

Staffing requirements and leadership 

Find out about the roles, responsibilities, educator-to-child ratios, and approved qualifications required to meet staffing requirements.

Complaints policy 

Find out about the requirement for a complaints policy for services captured under the NQF and the ECS Act.

Health and safety  

Learn about health and safety requirements for early childhood education and care services including food and dietary policies, immunisation, and emergency management.

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Find out about the role and responsibilities of the Department of Education, Early Childhood Education and Care.
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A complete listing and contact details of the Department of Education regional offices from the Early Childhood Education and Care division.
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Last updated 07 February 2019