Milestones Early Learning Kelso Leading The Way In National Quality Standards

Milestones Early Learning Kelso has improved their meeting or exceeding ‘National Quality Standard’ (NQS) rating. This means that that Milestones Early Learning Kelso meets all seven quality areas and meets the National Quality Standard for quality education and care.  


The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services across Australia.

Carollyn Youngman, Centre Manager for Milestones Early Learning Kelso said: “We are so proud of our hard-working team, this simply couldn’t have been achieved without their 100% dedication to going above and beyond. We would also like to thank our wonderful families – we are so proud to be helping each child reach their full potential and your support means more than you will ever know.”

High-quality early childhood education and care is of critical importance to children’s optimal development and wellbeing particularly in the first five years of a child’s life. At Milestones Early Learning Kelso, we ensure our children are provided with opportunities to experience quality learning.

The latest snapshot by the Australian Early Childcare & Quality Authority (ACECQA) identified that only 93% of services across Australia have been rated compared to the Affinity portfolio, of which 100% have been rated. As of October 2021, 87% of Affinity-owned centres were rated as ‘Meeting’ and ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standards. This breakdown included 78% of centres ‘Meeting’ and 9% ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standards. 

Affinity’s dedicated national Quality Team established more than five years ago. This is made up of nine industry professionals who bring 180 years of collective education, training, assessing, teaching and regulatory authority experience.   

CEO at Affinity Education Group, Tim Hickey congratulated Centre Manager’s at Milestones Early Learning Kelso and the Quality Team on this most recent milestone.

“At Affinity Education, we are proud to nurture a culture of excellence, where our people are encouraged and empowered to go above and beyond and deliver outstanding professionalism. For our educators and centre teams, this is reflected in the way we implement our curriculum and our commitment to providing safe, high-quality services for the children in our care”.