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Free Three-year-old preschool


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Decorative imageCanberra families can access up to 300 hours free preschool per year with the Three-year-old preschool program.

Delivered through participating Early Childhood and Education Care (ECEC) services, the funding of more than $50 million over four years is the biggest investment in the early childhood education sector to date.

This investment will provide an average saving of $1,329 per eligible child. Equitable access to quality, play-based early learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning, wellbeing, and development, and it has life-long benefits.

This program is being delivered as a key part of Set up for Success: An Early Childhood Strategy for the ACT.

Preschool program delivery model

The Three-year-old preschool program provides up to 300 hours free preschool.

It is delivered through participating services within standard operating hours.

Outside of these hours other play-based learning will be provided, and standard service charges will apply, minus the Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy (if eligible).

Information for families

Find out how your child can benefit.

Find a partnering serviceĀ 

See if a service near you is participating.

Information for ECEC services

Find out how to partner with the ACT Government.

If you have any questions about the Three-year-old preschool program please contact the team on 6207 4681 or three-year-oldpreschool@act.gov.au.