Public preschools in the ACT
There are 76 public preschools for children in the year prior to school (with options for early entry based on criteria). Children who turn four on or before April 30, 2024, can start preschool in 2024 (attending 15 hours per week). Children turning four after 30 April, can start preschool the following year. The deadline for online enrolments is early June to receive a first-round offer. See the ACT Education Directorate’s information on enrolling in preschool.
- FAQ about ACT preschools and playschools
- Enrolling in preschool or kindergarten
- All about Playschools
- Transition to School Guide to starting school/preschool.
Parents and carers of young children can find joining a new school community challenging. Becoming involved with a school parent association can help families connect with each other and with the school while engaging with their child's education. These connections are shown to have important benefits for children and families including improved wellbeing outcomes and learning dispositions. P&Cs also provide a forum for parents and families to comment on (and ask questions about) school life. Talk to your school's parent association for further information or contact Council directly.
Early Learning Subcommittee
The committee supports parents with young learners to have an active role in their child’s early education and school community. Parents (and preschool or kindergarten parent representatives, P&Cs) are welcome to attend.
Meetings: Held online every school term (4 times per year) from 7.30-8.30pm.
Meeting registration 2023: March 2 Register, May 25 Register here, Aug 17 Register here, Nov 9 Register here
For details of previous meetings see the ELC minute summaries.
- Council's article on the ACT's early childhood strategy