The ACT has one of the highest proportions of 3 year olds in early education and care (ECEC) and is performing above the national average for the proportion of 4 year olds enrolled in and attending preschool.

Despite the large number of 3 year olds in ECEC, the proportion of 3 year olds in a preschool program is slightly below average.

Key facts

  • 71 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in long day care, sessional preschool and family day care)
  • 19 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in preschool programs
  • 100 per cent per cent of children are enrolled in preschool programs in the year before school
  • Nearly 90 per cent are attending for 15 hours or more
  • The majority of children attend school-based government and non-government preschool in the ACT
  • A number of families are accessing preschool programs in Long Day Care
  • Total per-child expenditure in the ACT is slightly above 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 the ACT, 71% of 3 years olds are in ECEC and 19% 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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