Preschool Services in the ACT
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ACT Government Schools
All ACT Government preschool education programs are part of an ACT Government Primary School. The ACT Government provides quality preschool education for children in the year before they attend school. Children must turn four on or before 30 April to be eligible to attend preschool. For further details and information about enrolling in ACT Government Preschools see ACT Government Schools
Catholic Early Learning Centres provide quality preschool and childcare programs for children who are four years of age by 30 April. Centres are located regionally and are open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm throughout the school year. For further information see the Catholic Education Office
Preschools of Independent schools offer a diverse range of options for preschool education including Christian, Anglican, Catholic, Montessori and Community preschools. The variety of schools in the sector reflects the diversity of the community in the ACT and the preferences of parents for a particular style of education for their children. For further information see The Association for Independent Schools of the ACT
Centre Based Care
Many centre based care services provide preschool education for children in the year before school, as well as education and care for children from 6 weeks of age. Each centre is unique and may be operated by a not-for-profit organisation, profit organisation or community organisation. All centres implement the National Quality Framework. There are many different centres available, for further information see MyChild
Family Day Care Schemes
Family Day Care services offer education and care for children in a home setting. Families can access full-time care, part-time care, before and after preschool/school care, vacation care and emergency care. A number of agencies coordinate Family Day Care including YWCA Family Day Care, Communities @ Work, and Community Services. See MyChild for contact details and information about specific organisations.
Occasional Care preschool services offer flexible booking arrangements for periods of an hour to a full day, depending on individual circumstances and centre capacity. Please contact the individual services for additional information. MyChild .
Independent Playschools are specifically designed to prepare three to four year old children for preschool. Playschools are unique to Canberra providing play based educational programs in a preschool style format. Session times and age groups vary. For more information see http://www.canberrapreschools.org.au/about-us/playschools
Playgroup (ACT Playgroups Association)
Playgroup is an informal session where parents, carers, babies and children aged from birth to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment. Playgroups are run by and for the parents who attend. Playgroups are usually held once a week for a two hour session in a variety of venues. For further information see ACT Playgroups Association