Approved providers and educators in Tasmania are responsible for delivering quality education and care for children attending a service, in accordance with the National Quality Framework (NQF).
To meet these responsibilities approved providers and educators are required to:
- comply with the intent, principles and requirements of the National Law and National Regulations
- implement the National Quality Standard (NQS) and a process of continuous quality improvement
- implement best practice education and care, including pedagogical practices that support the learning, development and wellbeing of each child
- collaborate with families to meet the diverse needs of each child
Monitoring and compliance
The regulatory authority in each jurisdiction is responsible for monitoring the provision of education and care.
In Tasmania, the Education and Care Unit (ECU) is responsible for assessing and rating services and monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements as the regulatory authority.
Assessment and Rating
The ECU assesses and rates each approved service in Tasmania against the NQS.
A service may be given one of the following ratings by a regulatory authority:
- Exceeding National Quality Standard
- Meeting National Quality Standard
- Working Towards National Quality Standard
- Significant Improvement Required
All services must display their current quality rating.
Starting a new service
Starting a new education and care service requires an understanding of the NQF, approval processes and associated costs. The ACECQA website provides current information on key considerations and requirements about opening a new service.