Improving your NQS QA3 ratings

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A safe physical environment can lead to high NQS Ratings.

48% of early learning services are rated Working Towards NQS in 3-5 quality areas. 

The design, layout, and equipment of a centre all have an impact on the learning experiences of children in care, along with ratings in Quality Area 3 (Physical Environment). Services failing to meet NQS ratings can find it harder to remain competitive. So we’ve prepared a guide to help you improve how your centre’s environment promotes children’s learning and development.

  • Suggestions to design your centre’s indoor and outdoor environments
  • Vital safety tips for sleep areas in line with guidance from health professionals
  • Using Programming and Planning (P&P) tools to document learning outcomes
  • Developing processes for successful Assessment and Ratings (A&R)

Download your free guide.


Build sustainability plans in your P&P tool 

Find best ways to implement sustainability plans under QA3.

✓ Use a People Engagement Software (PES) app to share children’s contribution to the environment 

✓ Fulfill Element 1.3.3 by sending sustainability information to families

✓ Include sustainability tips in newsletters and parenting content for families