Public preschools in the ACT
Children who turn four on or before April 30 can start preschool that year (attending 15 hours per week). Children turning four after 30 April, can start preschool the following year. Early entry to preschool is available through the Education Directorate's early entry criteria for eligible families. For details about how to enrol in preschool and early childhood education and care (ECEC) service providers, see the ACT Education Directorate starting preschool website.
- FAQ about preschools and playschools in the ACT
- Enrolling in preschool or kindergarten
- All about Playschools
- Transition to School Guide to starting school/preschool.
Engaging with learning and school activities has important benefits including improved results and well-being for children. Parent associations help families to connect with school activities and engage with their child's education. They also provide a forum for parents and families to comment on the details of school life.
P&C associations may have early learning or preschool/kindy parent representatives. Talk to your school parent association for further information or contact Council.
Early Learning Committee
The ELC supports parents to have an active role in their child’s early education and school community. The committee meets once each school term (usually online). Early Learning Parent Representatives (parent volunteers on Primary school P&Cs or Preschool Parent Associations) and the parents/carers of children attending public preschools or junior primary are welcome to attend.
Meetings: online once per term - morning and evening options: 10.30-11.30am or 7.30-8.30pm.
Registration: Feb-17, May-05 10.30am or 7.30pm, Jul-28 10.30am or 7.30pm, Oct-27 10.30am or 7.30pm
For details of previous meetings see the ELC minute summaries.
- See Council's article for details of the ACT's early childhood strategy,
- The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) policy brief Building Children’s Potential: A Capability Investment Strategy
- History of the Canberra Preschool Society (CPS)