Universal access to preschool
Children who attend preschool in the year before starting school can benefit from improved academic performance during primary school.
The Government will invest $843 million in the 2016 and 2017 calendar years for preschool programmes across Australia, to ensure children have a strong start and a bright future.
Early childhood is a vital period for learning and development.
Access to preschool benefits all children in the year before school, particularly disadvantaged children.
The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education ensures that in the year before school, state and territory governments provide all children with access to a preschool programme for up to 15 hours a week or for 600 hours a year, delivered by a degreepreschool programme for up to 15 hours a week or for 600 hours a year, delivered by a degree‑qualified early childhood teacher.
Investing in early childhood education helps build a productive society. Early education can translate into school readiness, academic success, and lifetime wellbeing. Success builds upon success.