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Information about education for refugees

Before school

Children in Australia can go to child care, preschool or kindergarten. You can learn more about these below.

Child care and playgroups

These resources are provided by the Australian Government.

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 resource is provided by Playgroup Australia.

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)

This resource is provided by the NSW Government.

This provides resources to help parents and carers understand the importance of early childhood education, choosing a service and transition to school.


These resources are provided by the Victorian Government.

Parenting information on child care and kindergarten.


Kindergarten for culturally and linguistically diverse children, including information in Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese.


This resource is provided by the Queensland Government.

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)

This resource is provided by the South Australian Government.

Information on preschool, kindergarten and early learning centres, for parents wanting to enrol their child into childcare.

Western Australia (WA)

This resource is provided by the Western Australia Government.

This page provides information about early learning in Western Australia.


This resource is provided by the Tasmanian Government.

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 resource is provided by the Northern Territory Government.

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 resource is provided by the ACT Government.

This page explains preschool in the ACT.

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