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Education and Care Services Act 2013

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The Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act) supports quality outcomes for children and adopts elements of the National Law for some small scale services, especially those in rural and remote areas.

It applies to the following services not captured under the National Quality Framework.

Services funded by the Queensland Government to provide limited hours care:

  • occasional care services ​
  • services that were formerly budget-based funded, and which do not receive Australian Government Child Care Subsidy 
  • early childhood education and care services that are also disability services funded under the Disability Services Act 2006
  • stand-​alone care.

Requirements of the ECS Act

Under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act) and ECS Regu​lation​, Queensland education and care services must meet specific operational requirements, including:

  • Staffing a service to meet qualification requirements, staff responsibilities and educator-to-child ratios.
  • Applying nationally approved learning frameworks that inform and guide the delivery of consistent and high quality experiences and programs.
  • Physical environment requirements such as those relating to fencing, toilet and hygiene facilities that the premises, furniture and equipment are to be safe, clean and in good repair and minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements.

The prescribed service approval application form (ECS09) requires approved providers to provide evidence that the premises comply with appropriate building approvals.

Regulatory authorities

The Early Childhood and Community Engagement division within the Department of Education is responsible for approving and regulating services under the ECS Act.

Learn more about what we do and the role of the department. 

Stay up to date

Subscribe to the Education and Care Se​rvices e-bulletin​ – keep updated on important matters related to the ECS Act.

Subscribe to the A to Z of Early Childhood e-newsletter – keep updated on information about early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland.

More information 

ECS Act resources 
Find resources and fact sheets on the Education and Care Services Act.​

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Last updated 24 December 2018