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Quarterly regulatory data update

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Quarter 3 (January - March), 2021-22 FY

Publishing regulatory data provides transparency around the Regulatory Authority’s work and encourages voluntary compliance and improved service quality by the regulated early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector.

Unless stated otherwise, the figures provided on these pages relate to Queensland ECEC services regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Education and Care Services Act (2015) (ECS Act).


Early childhood in Queensland – it’s all in t​he numbers

The ECEC sector in Queensland is changing all the time. The figures below provide a snapshot of the number of approved ECEC services and the total approved number of places that these services may provide. Data is current as at 31 March 2022; figures for previous quarters may be updated to reflect the latest available data.​

As at 31 March 2022, Queensland has 3,196 approved ECEC services. Centre-based services approved under the NQF, along with ECS Act services, deliver early childhood education and care for up to 233,775 children at any one time.

The number of ECEC services in Queensland has increased by 2% since 31 March 2021.

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3,196 regulated ECEC services in Queensland.


3,140 services approved under the NQF.


56 regulated ECS Act services in Queensland.

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57 additional s​ervices since 31 March 2021.


233,775 approved places for children – an incre​ase of 4% since 31 March 2021.


Approved NQF services by type

The table below shows the number of approved NQF services in Queensland as at 31 March 2022 (Q3, 2021-22 FY). Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​NQF servi​ce type​This quarter (Q3, 2021-22 FY)​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021-22 FY)​Same quarter last FY (Q3, 2020-21 FY)​​% change on same quarter last year
​Long day care​1,739
1,731
1,698
+2.4%
​Outside school hours care776​769
761
+2.0%
​Kindergarten506
491
507
-0.2%
​Family day care119
119
116
+2.6%
​Other00
1-100.0%
​Total ​3,140 3,110 ​3,083 +​​1.8%

Service monitoring

Regulatory officers regularly conduct visits to assess ECEC services’ quality and compliance with legislative requirements. Visits can be announced or unannounced.

Where non-compliance is identified, the Regulatory Authority will take enforcement action when needed to ensure the issues identified are effectively addressed.

850 monitoring visits* conducted this quarter​.

The table below shows the number of monitoring visits conducted by the Regulatory Authority in Q3, 2021-22 FY. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.


​This quarter (Q3, 2021-22 FY)​
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021-22 FY)
Same quarter last year (Q3, 2020-21 FY)
​% change on same quarter last year
​Visits*
​850**
​969
​900
​​-5.6%

*During periods when public health directives restrict activities, movement and gatherings due to COVID-19, visits may be conducted virtually.

**The Q3, 2021-22 FY visit count is comparatively low due to the high number of flood and COVID-19-related ECEC service closures and interruptions in the January-March quarter, which resulted in some visits being postponed.  


Application assessment

The Regulatory Authority assesses applications from individuals and organisations who wish to provide ECEC in Queensland. Robust approval processes ensure providers are capable of educating and caring for children aged from birth to 8.

587 applications received by the Regulatory Authority this quarter – a 37% increase on the same quarter last year.

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The table below shows the number of applications received by the Regulatory Authority in Q3, 2021-22 FY. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.


​This quarter (Q3, 2021-22 FY)
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021-22 FY)
​Same quarter last financial year (Q3, 2020-21 FY)
​% change on same quarter last year
​​Applications processed*587
​737
​429
​​​+36.8%

*Notifications of transfer of service approval are counted as an application type for reporting purposes.


Applications processed by type​​

The table below shows the number of applications received by the Regulatory Authority in Q3, 2021-22 FY. Figures are provided for earlier quarters for comparison.

​Ap​plication type​
​​This quarter (Q3, 2021-22 FY)
​Previous quarter (Q2, 2021-22 FY)
​Same quarter last financial year (Q3, 2020-21 FY)
​% change on same quarter last year
Pr​ovider approval​43
43
​59
​-27.1%
​Service approval27
61
​36
-25.0%
​Amendment of service approval93
​102
87
​+6.9%
​Amendment of provider approval​16
18
7
​+128.6%
​Service or temporary waiver313
417
177
​+76.8%
​Extension of temporary waiver35
​31
20
​+75.0%
​Suspension of service approval29
​9
14
​+107.1%
​Transfer of service approval19
47
21
-9.5%
​Other12
9
8
+50.0%
​Total ​587 737 429 ​+36.8%

*Notifications of transfer of service approval are counted as an application type for reporting purposes.


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Last updated 05 May 2022