Early Learning

Preschool and Kindergarten - Learning Foundations

The foundations for every child’s development (social, physical, emotional, and cognitive) are formed in the period from birth through to eight years of age. Parents are a child's earliest teachers.

Play is essential for childhood development, including movement or motor skills and social and emotional skills like taking turns and sharing. Parents and caregivers also benefit from shared community play spaces and from services such as playgroups. Children at play are developing their senses and responses to sensory input through complex neurological processes. See our section on 'Play & Learning' for more information on brain development and play.

In the ACT, children between 3 and 6 years of age can attend free public preschool prior to kindergarten.

Enrolling in a public preschool in the ACT  

Enrolment for preschool and kindergarten can be completed through an online form from the ACT Education Directorate - don't worry if you can't finish it all at once, just save the form and return to it later. The form is here