Support for children to learn, grow and thrive with ‘Free Preschool’ in ACT

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We believe that learning should be fun.

Learning through play encourages children to explore and understand their world at their own pace. It helps build their knowledge, develop confidence, and embrace curiosity.

In our Preschool program through our Centres in the ACT, we create awesome daily hands-on, play-based experiences along with more structured learning, to support the development of each child’s language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Our dedicated two-year Preschool program supports children in many ways:

  • Developing and understanding language and literacy skills to communicate with confidence.
  • Discovering how numbers, measures, and shapes support understanding their world and solving problems.
  • Social and emotional learning to develop their confidence, independence, and resilience.

These are the skills that help children be themselves, and grow and thrive as they get ready for the transition to primary school.

A quality preschool program supports children to explore the world around them, and continue to develop wonder, curiosity and creativity. It’s the perfect opportunity for children to engage in hands-on experiences and play-based learning.

We’re really proud of our comprehensive Preschool program. That’s why we’re excited that the ACT Government is offering fee relief to eligible families!

This funding applies to Preschool programs delivered in long day care settings just like ours.

What is it?

The ACT Government offers funding to provide families with 300 hours of Free Preschool a year. The funding offsets the fees for three-year-old children that are part of the Centre’s long day care Preschool program and this is in addition to the Child Care Subsidy.

Families may save up to $1,329 a year for eligible children aged three years old in eligible long day care in 2024. This is in addition to the Child Care Subsidy.

Who can get it?

Children must turn three years of age on or before 30 April 2024 to be eligible. Families must be eligible for and be accessing the Child Care Subsidy, and be residents of the ACT.

How does it work?

The subsidy is a dollar amount and is applied across 46 weeks of the year. The subsidy will reduce your gap fee by up to $28.90 each week for eligible children. Families must complete a declaration and consent form to nominate one service from which they would like to receive the fee relief.

The fee relief will be passed on to families as a reduction in their gap fees.

More information: Free 3 year old preschool


The best start to life for children in the ACT, right here at Guardian Childcare & Education

Our Preschool program, combined with the ACT Government Free Preschool fee relief and Child Care Subsidy, makes it possible for more families to access high-quality care and education for their 3-5 year old children.

We have several incredible Centres in Canberra and surrounds – here’s where we’re located in the ACT.


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