National Regulations require each service to prepare and maintain a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that:
- assesses the quality of the service's practices against the
National Quality Standard (NQS) and the National Regulations
- identifies areas for improvement
- contains a statement of the service's philosophy
- is kept at the service premises (the principal office for family day care services)
- is available to parents and the department, as the regulatory authority
- is submitted to the department on request.
Services must update their QIP at least once a year or when directed by the department. The QIP is an important part of the Improvement Planning step within the
assessment and rating process.
Approved providers should ensure their most recent QIP is up to date and informed by a thorough self-assessment. Services may choose to upload their services’ QIP and make it available to the Regulatory Authority in the
National Quality Agenda Information Technology System.
The Regulatory Authority will use the service’s QIP when assessing and rating the service.
Services should review and update their QIP after assessment and rating to reflect the outcome of the process.
Learn more about
sleep resources, including a video on quality sleep, rest and relaxation practices for children aged birth to 3 years in ECEC and practical ideas when developing a QIP.
Go to the
Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website to learn more about QIPs and access guides and templates to assist with your plan.
Stay up to date
Services regulated under the NQF can subscribe to the
National Quality Framework e-bulletin—keep updated on the latest changes and updates to the National Quality Framework.