Public preschools in the ACT
There are 76 public preschools with places funded for regional children in the year prior to school (and further options for early entry based on criteria), so it helps to be familiar with the ACT Education Directorate’s information on enrolling in preschool. Children who turn four on or before April 30 can start preschool in that year (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 if you want to receive a first-round offer.
- 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 Committee
The committee supports parents to have an active role in their child’s early education and school community. Preschool or Kinder Parent Representatives (or P&C parents/carers) are welcome.
Meetings: Held online every school term (4 times per year) at 7.30-8.30pm.
Meeting registration: August 18 7.30pm, October 27 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)