National Quality Framework Page ContentThe National Quality Framework (NQF) applies to most kindergarten, long day care, outside school hours care, kindergarten and family day care services. Read the definitions of early childhood services to see if the NQF applies to you.The NQF aims to improve:quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care serviceseducational and developmental outcomes for children.It includes:the National Lawthe National Regulationsthe National Quality Standard (NQS) for assessing service quality operational requirements for services, including: national learning frameworks to help educators deliver quality learning programs qualification requirements for educators more educators looking after children (see educator-to-child ratio)notifying the regulatory authority of certain incidents, complaints and changes to information National consistency The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is the national body that monitors consistency with the National Quality Framework (NQF).Regulatory authoritiesEach state and territory is a regulatory authority and has monitoring and compliance and quality assessment roles under the NQF.In Queensland, the department is the regulatory authority and is responsible for: granting service and provider approvals assessing and rating the quality of services monitoring and enforcing compliance with the legislationStay up to date Read the latest news and publications from the Early Childhood Education and Care division - includes past NQF e-bulletins, A to Z of Early Childhood e-newsletters and QKindy magazines. Subscribe to the A to Z of Early Childhood e-newsletter Subscribe to The Early Years Count e-newsletterNeed some help? Regional offices contact list Phone helplines, websites and email contacts to help you find more information on delivering a quality early childhood program, including legislation and regulations. Childcare and education industry associations Contact us if you have more questions, or feedback or suggestions about our service and performance.