Preschool or Kindergarten program is a structured, play based learning program, delivered by a qualified teacher in the year or two before commencing full time schooling and may be located at school sites, private preschool centres, long day care centres or local community venues. Please check with the preschool provider about eligibility for government financial assistance.
The following Preschool or Kindergarten information (including quality) has been sourced from the State and Territory Regulatory Authorities and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
Quality of service
Services covered by the National Quality Framework have been assessed and rated against the seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. The assessment and rating process aims to drive continuous quality improvement for services and provide families with better information for making choices about their children’s education and care. The overall rating for a service is determined by the combination of the ratings achieved in each Quality Area.
Each state and territory Regulatory Authority undertakes the assessment and rating process. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, ACECQA, is responsible for ensuring consistency in assessment and ratings across Australia, assessing services for the Excellent rating and creating awareness in the sector and community about the assessment and rating process.