Early Learning

Early Learning Programmes

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Universal Access to Early Childhood Education

Universal access to early childhood education ensures that a quality, early childhood education programme is available for all children in the year before full-time schooling.

Early Learning Languages Australia

The Australian Government is providing $9.8 million for the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial, to test the effectiveness of providing preschool children with early exposure to a language other than English through online learning programmes. This is part of the Australian...

Australian Early Development Census

The AEDC can be used to build and strengthen communities to help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.

National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care*

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care ensures children receive a high standard of education and care. The Framework is a national system for the regulation and quality assessment of child care and early learning services.

Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning*

The Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning has been established to provide a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector can be considered, and where informative consultation with the sector can take place.

Child Care Payments Compliance Programme

The Child Care Payments Compliance programme is focused on protecting the integrity of payments made by the Australian Government to support families accessing quality care and promote compliant behaviour with family assistance law by approved child care services. This is achieved through three...

Child Care Information for Service Providers

Child care service providers and other organisations can get information and support from the Australian Government to help them to deliver high quality child care services. This includes information on how to become a child care service provider, how to operate a child care service and how to...

Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives include a range of programmes and incentives to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.


Families can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.

Budget Based Funded Programme

The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Programme is part of the Government’s agenda for child care and early learning that focuses on providing Australian families with flexible, affordable and accessible child care and early learning services. Child care and early learning services should be responsive...

Information on Early Learning and Care Centres

Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.

Inclusion and Professional Support Program

The Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) is made up of two elements which provide an integrated and consolidated approach to meeting the inclusion and professional support needs of child care and early learning services. IPSP is a sub-programme within the Child Care Services...

Child Care Management System

The Child Care Management System is a national online computer system. All approved child care services are required by family assistance law to operate under the system.

National Occasional Care Programme

The Australian Government announced the restoration of the $12.6 million National Occasional Care Programme as part of the Government’s election commitment under its “Policy for Better Child Care and Early Learning” framework.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that families are able to access affordable and flexible child care. One of the Government’s first priorities was to task the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning, with a...

Child Care Services Support Programme

Child care service providers may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government through the Child Care Services Support Programme.