The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education aims to ensure that every child has access to a quality early childhood education programme with a focus on participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged children. The programme is to be delivered by a degree-qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, in the year before full-time schooling (often referred to as ‘preschool’ or ‘kindergarten’).
State and territory governments are responsible for ensuring the provision of preschool education. Each jurisdiction has different arrangements for regulating, funding and delivering early childhood education services. Therefore, each state and territory government is undertaking varying approaches to universal access to early childhood education.
Who do I contact for more information?
States and territories have responsibility for the provision of preschool or kindergarten in their jurisdiction. Please contact the relevant states or territory government department listed below for more information:
|NSW||Department of Education and Communities||www.dec.nsw.gov.au||02 9561 8000|
|VIC||Department of Education and Early Childhood Development||www.education.vic.gov.au||See regional office numbers on website|
|QLD||Department of Education, Training and Employment||www.deta.qld.gov.au||1800 54639|
|WA||Department of Education||www.det.wa.edu.au||08 9264 4111|
|SA||Department for Education and Child Development||www.decd.sa.gov.au||1800 088 158|
|TAS||Department of Education||www.education.tas.gov.au||1800 816 057|
|ACT||Education and Training Directorate||www.det.act.gov.au||02 6207 5111|
|NT||Department of Education and Children's Services||www.education.nt.gov.au||08 8999 5659|