There are thousands of services that make up the early childhood education and care sector in Queensland. Approved early childhood education and care services are regulated under either the National Quality Framework or the
Education and Care Services Act 2013 (Qld). The service type determines the legislation, if any, that applies to a service.
National Quality Framework
Most services are approved and regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF). These services include:
Education and Care Services Act 2013
Some Queensland education and care services are not captured under the NQF and are instead regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (Qld). These services include:
- limited hours care, funded by the Queensland Government
- occasional care
- certain services that, as at 30 June 2018, were in receipt of funding under the budget-based funded program administered by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and were not approved for the purposes of the family assistance law.
- early childhood education and care services that are also disability services under the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld)
- stand-alone services.