Children in Australia can go to child care, preschool or kindergarten. You can learn more about these below.
Child care and playgroups
Information for parents about approved early childhood education and care, including finding child care.
You can also use this website helps you find and rate child care services.
This national website helps you find a playgroup near you.
Early learning: preschools and kindergartens
These resources, listed by State or territory, provide information about child care, preschool and kindergarten in each state or territory.
- New South Wales (NSW)
- South Australia (SA)
- Western Australia (WA)
- Northern Territory (NT)
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales (NSW)
This provides resources to help parents and carers understand the importance of early childhood education, choosing a service and transition to school.
Parenting information on child care and kindergarten.
Kindergarten for culturally and linguistically diverse children, including information in Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese.
Find a range of early childhood services including finding and choosing a service, types of services, quality ratings, rebates and financial assistance, learning support, kindy programs, preparing for prep and working in early childhood.
South Australia (SA)
Information on preschool, kindergarten and early learning centres, for parents wanting to enrol their child into childcare.
Western Australia (WA)
This page provides information about early learning in Western Australia.
Kindergarten is a valuable experience for children. Young children learn an enormous amount between birth and age 5. The skills and values learnt in the first few years of life stay with children forever and affect their ability to learn and succeed for the rest of their lives.
Northern Territory (NT)
This provides information about child care services including long day care, outside school hours care, family day care services, preschool and kindergarten.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
This page explains preschool in the ACT.