South Australia has universal enrolment of 4 year olds in preschool. Enrolment rates in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and preschool for 3 year olds are slightly lower than the national average.
- 61 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in long day care, sessional preschool and family day care)
- 17 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in preschool programs
- 100 per cent of children are enrolled in kindergarten programs in the year before full time school
- 74 per cent are attending for 15 hours or more
- The majority of children attend in government school-based preschools in SA, although a high and growing proportion are attending preschool programs in long day care.
- Total per-child expenditure in SA is considerably higher than the national average. Fees paid by families vary depending on the setting where the preschool program is being delivered.
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 South Australia, 61% of 3 years olds are in ECEC and 16.6% 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.