Western Australia has achieved universal enrolment of 4 year olds in kindergarten. However, a much smaller proportion of 3 year olds attend early education and care (ECEC) than the national average.
- 54 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in long day care, sessional kindergarten and family day care)
- 21.5 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 full-time school
- 64 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 attend government and non-government schools to access kindergarten in WA. A small proportion of children attend kindergarten programs through long day care settings.
- Total per-child expenditure in WA is considerably higher than 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 Western Australia, 54% of 3 years olds are in ECEC and 21.5% 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.
Fact sheets in this series
- An additional year of preschool - an achievable reform
- Designing a preschool program
- Preschool programs for 3 year olds
- International preschool programs for 3 year olds
- Kindergarten programs in Queensland
- Kindergarten programs in Tasmania
- Kindergarten programs in Victoria
- Kindergarten programs in Western Australia
- The impact of two years of preschool
- Two years are better than one
- Preschool programs in the Northern Territory
- Preschool programs in New South Wales
- Preschool programs in South Australia
- Preschool programs in the ACT.