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Early Childhood

The following information is based on the Early Childhood Education and Care Services Census collected by the department.


Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services are provided to children aged 0 to 12 in the forms of:

  • long day care
  • kindergarten
  • limited hours care/occasional care
  • state-delivered kindergarten
  • outside school hours care
  • family day care
  • early childhood development programs (ECDPs).

2016-19 Data for all Early Childhood Services (PDF, 523KB) (XLSX, 244KB)

Service enrolments

The department collects enrolment information by Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) service provider type. This information is available by age of children enrolled at the time of the Early Childhood Education and Care Services Census.

Information is also available by Indigenous status, disability and non-English speaking background (NESB).

2016-19 Data for children enrolled at services (PDF, 519KB) (XLSX, 858KB)


The department collects information in regards to staff employed in the early childhood education and care sector. Information is available by type of service delivering care.

2016-19 Data for staff at services (PDF, 282KB) (XLSX, 79KB)

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Last updated
08 January 2020