Queensland has been very successful in ramping up access to 4 year old kindergarten programs, but has limited access to kindergarten programs for 3 year old children - although two thirds are enrolled in early education and care (ECEC).

Key facts

  • 68 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in long day care, sessional kindergarten and family day care)
  • 16 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in kindergarten programs
  • 100 per cent of children are enrolled in kindergarten programs in the year before school
  • 90 per cent are attending for 15 hours or more (noting data is collected in a reference week and is likely to under-estimate actual attendance across the year)
  • The majority of children in Queensland attend kindergarten through long day care settings, although there is also a substantial community preschool sector
  • Total per-child expenditure in Queensland is substantially below the national average

Proportion of 3 year olds enrolled in all ECEC and preschool

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Graph showing the proportion of 3 year olds enrolled in all ECEC and preschool. The data shows that in Queensland, 68% of 3 years olds are in ECEC and 15.7% of 3 year olds are in preschool. By comparison, Australia-wide 66% of 3 year olds are in ECEC and 21.3% of 3 year old are in preschool.

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