ACT Early Childhood Strategy

We know the period from birth to eight years, especially the first three years, sets the foundation for every child's social, physical, emotional and cognitive development. Because of this, we want to make sure every child in the ACT gets the best start to life.

In working towards this goal, we are developing an Early Childhood Strategy. The aim of the Strategy is for every child to participate in quality early childhood education and care prior to them starting school.

The Strategy will focus on four key elements:

  1. increasing access, equity and affordability
  2. enhancing workforce and qualifications
  3. ensuring seamless transitions from education and care to school
  4. maximising the benefit to children from money spent

We're working on the Strategy in consultation with early childhood education and care sector, through the ACT Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Early education for every three-year-old child

As a key part of the Strategy, the government has set a goal to introduce the phased implementation of 15 hours per week, 600 hours per year, of free universal quality early childhood education for three-year-old children in the ACT.

Joining the conversation

Over the coming months we'll have a conversation with parents, the early childhood education sector, schools and the wider community about the Early Childhood Strategy and how we can give access to quality early childhood education to all three-year-olds in the ACT.