Kindergarten programs in Western Australia


Factsheet: Kindergarten programs in WA

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Western Australia has achieved universal enrolment of 4 year olds in kindergarten. However, a much smaller proportion of 3 year olds attend early education and care (ECEC) than the national average.

Key facts

  • 54 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in long day care, sessional kindergarten and family day care)
  • 21.5 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in kindergarten programs
  • 100 per cent of children are enrolled in kindergarten programs in the year before full-time school
  • 64 per cent are attending for 15 hours or more (noting data is collected in a reference week and is likely to under-estimate actual attendance across the year)
  • The majority of children attend government and non-government schools to access kindergarten in WA. A small proportion of children attend kindergarten programs through long day care settings.
  • Total per-child expenditure in WA is considerably higher than the national average

Proportion of 3 year olds enrolled in all ECEC and preschool



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