Nurture better relationships with children to boost your NQS ratings

Quality Area 5 underlines the importance of meaningful interactions with early learners.

Good relationships early in life empower children to connect with others, develop thinking skills and regulate their emotions. NQS Quality Area 5 (Relationships with children) focuses on the need for educators to form responsive, caring and trusting relationships with the children in their care. 

We have pulled together a checklist designed to help you evaluate how well your educators support and nurture the development of positive relationships with children in your centre. Our handy checklist helps ensure you’re doing everything you can to build solid, respectful relationships with children, which can lead to higher NQS ratings for your service.

Complete the form on the right to download your copy of this handy checklist.

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Get started on your preparations for your NQS QA5 assessment

To give you an idea of what to expect on your next assessment, here are some items from our checklist your centre can tick off: 

  • How do educators build, establish and strengthen close, secure relationships with children of all ages, abilities, genders and backgrounds? 
  • Can you provide evidence to show how relationships contribute to children’s learning? 
  • What efforts does your centre make to become more aware of practices that strengthen relationships? 
  • Do young children in your service demonstrate signs of secure attachment with their educator(s)?