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.
- 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.
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.