ACECQA develops case studies that demonstrate exceeding practice in each quality area

ACECQA develops case studies that demonstrate exceeding practice in each quality area

by Freya Lucas

November 08, 2021

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has developed a set of case studies which offer practical examples of high-quality practice in outside school hours care, family day care and other prior-to-school centre-based facilities, aligned with each quality standard. 


Described as a collection of layered, detailed examples of how high quality practice relates to each standard, and how this could look across a service, the case studies focus on particular aspects of practice within a particular service context.



ACECQA hopes the case studies will support increased understanding and confidence in recognising and demonstrating Exceeding level quality, and inspire discussion and reflection on ways that practice can be improved. 


The Exceeding guidance in the Guide to the NQF, which includes the indicators for Exceeding practice, the reflective questions for Exceeding practice at the Standard level, and the questions used by authorised officers to establish Exceeding practice against each Exceeding theme, may be used to consider the case studies and facilitate this discussion and reflection. 


More case studies will be added to the Exceeding the NQS page of the ACECQA website over time, and services are encouraged to return to the page often to access updated resources. 


The case studies are not extracts from assessment and rating reports for services that have been rated Exceeding NQS in those particular Standards, and they do not comprehensively describe or set the benchmark for the ways that a service can demonstrate Exceeding NQS practice for those Standards, information on the page read. 


ACECQA welcomes feedback on the case studies, via email to [email protected].