Regulatory framework

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The regulations that govern early childhood education and care services in NSW depend on the service type.

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Most education and care services for children around Australia are regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF). Service types covered by the NQF are regulated under the National Law and Regulations. More details can be found on our National Quality Framework pages.

Some service types are not covered by the NQF. These services are covered by their own Act and Regulation - the Children (Education and Care Services ) Supplementary Provisions Act  2011, and the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Regulation 2012.

Service types regulated under the Supplementary Act and Regulation include homebased, mobile and occasional care services. These services are collectively referred to as "state regulated education and care services" 

The Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Regulation 2012 commenced on 1 September 2012 and is a re-make of the former 2004 regulation of the same name. The 2012 Regulation introduces new requirements for anaphylaxis and emergency asthma management training.

For more information see the FAQs, the Act and the Regulation

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