Information for Parents and Carers

Enrolling in ACT public preschool

Children who turn four on or before April 30, can start preschool in the year they turn four (15 hours per week fee-free). Children turning four after 30 April, can start preschool the following year (see the Education Directorate website for information on enrolling). The deadline for first-round offers is June 2 though parents can complete the online enrolment at any time.     

Parents with young children joining a new school community can meet other families and learn about school processes and how to engage with their child's education through the parent association and school staff. Parent involvement with the school has important benefits for children and families including improved wellbeing outcomes and learning dispositions. P&C Associations provide a forum for parents and families to ask questions about school life. Find your school's parent association contact on the school website.  

Council's Early Learning Officer is Marina Spurgin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Marina for details about your school's early learning parent representative.

Early Learning Subcommittee

The subcommittee supports parents of preschoolers and kindy children to participate in their child’s early education and school community. Early years parents and parent representatives of P&Cs/PPAs are invited to attend. For notifications This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or view the ELSC minute summaries

Meetings: online, once per school term (4 times per year) from 7.30-8.30pm. 
Meeting registration: next meeting: March 2024 tbc 

About early learning in the ACT

Council's article on the ACT's early childhood strategy