Early Learning FAQ

How and where do I enrol my child at preschool?

ACT Public School Preschool enrolments for for 2020 open April 30 2019. All enrolments are now managed through an online application system.

Please click the following link for the most current information from the Education and Training Directorate web site.

Education and Training Directorate Enrol

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What age does my child need to be to start preschool in Canberra?

Children must turn 4 on or before April 30 in the year that they start preschool.

The ACT Government is introducing early childhood education for three-year-old children, with the first stage beginning in 2020.

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What is a Playschool?

Independent Playschools are specifically designed to prepare three to four year old children for preschool. Playschools are unique to Canberra providing play based educational programs in a preschool style format. Session times and age groups vary. Please contact individual services for further information.

Read more about Playschools

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How do I get involved in my Preschool Parents Association or Playschool Committee?

The benefits of becoming involved in a school parent association are broad and varied. As time contraints continue to rise for all parents, it's now more important than ever to have more parents involved for less time in order to create effective parent networks. Preschool parents have either a Preschool Subcommittee of the P&C Association or a Preschool Parent Association (PPA). You should receive information in your welcome pack about the association's contacts. If they don't have a current parent association you can contact Council for support to initiate a new group. Elections are held at an AGM (annual general meeting). Have a chat with someone on the current committee or one of your educators to see how you can receive updates on their activities.

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We don’t have a parent committee anymore but I would like to be involved. What can I do?

Contact our office and we can chat to you about some of your ideas.

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I have never been on a committee before what do I do?

Read more about committee roles and find out more in our Information Sheets

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What are the different types of Committee Meetings?

A General Meeting

  • A date, time and place for the meeting should be set and advertised within the preschool community
  • An agenda for the meeting should be circulated at least a week prior
  • Check that your quorum is met in order to proceed (see your constitution).  
  • Previous meeting minutes should be approved at the meeting
  • Work through the matters at hand in accordance to the agenda
  • Set the next meeting date
  • All preschool parents are welcome to general meetings
  • Your constitution will stipulate how many meetings are required
  • some preschools may prefer to meet after session time, the times should be set in consultation with your preschool teacher

Annual General Meeting (AGM):

  • parent associations should hold their AGMs in February of each year to allow for a handover from the outgoing committee
  • this is where the new parent committee is elected
  • Executive Meetings
  • Executive involves office bearers e.g. president, vice-president/cps rep, secretary, treasurer (as listed in your constitution)
  • can be held prior to a general meeting if you prefer, saving another night out

Special General Meetings

  • are rare and often require a special resolution to be moved
  • this involves giving 21 days notice e.g. amendment to your constitution

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My school and preschool are talking about amalgamation. What should we do?

We have loads of information about this process and the pros and cons. Please contact the office to discuss this further.

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What is an Annual Return form?

The AR is a form that needs to be submitted to Access Canberra immediately following your committee's Annual General Meeting (AGM). This form will update all required information in one go including your committee details. A full Audit statement needs to be attached to this document.

You can find a link to this and other essential forms on our Forms page.