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Early childhood

Early childhood education in Australia is not compulsory and is delivered to children through a range of settings, including childcare centres and pre-schools (also referred to as kindergartens in some parts of Australia) in the year before full-time schooling.

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

Provides national leadership in promoting quality and continuous improvement in early childhood education and care and school age care in Australia. Guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework and ensures consistency in delivery.

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

Australian Early Development Census

A nationwide survey that shows how young Australian children have developed as they start full-time education. Collects data in areas such as physical health; social competence; and language and cognitive skills.

Department of Education and Training

Child care and early learning agenda

Information about child care and early learning government initiatives.

Department of Finance

Early childhood

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Describes policies and programmes that help you access quality and affordable childcare and early childhood education.

Department of Education and Training

Early childhood and child care policy and programmes

Information on the governments policies and programmes relating to child care and early childhood development, including assistance to families with their child care costs. 

Department of Social Services

Early years learning framework

Describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

Department of Social Services