Preschool programs in New South Wales


Factsheet: Preschool programs in NSW

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New South Wales are significantly behind the rest of the country in ensuring all 4 year olds can access and attend preschool. However, they are ahead of the curve with the proportion of 3 year olds attending programs delivered by early childhood teachers.

Key facts

  • 79 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in ECEC (in Long Day care, sessional preschool and Family Day Care)
  • 38 per cent of 3 year olds are enrolled in preschool programs
  • 86 per cent of children are enrolled in preschool programs in the year before school
  • 58 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 in NSW attend preschool in long day care settings, although there is also a strong community preschool sector in NSW
  • Total per-child expenditure in NSW is around the national average

Proportion of 3 year olds enrolled in all ECEC and preschool



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