Information on Early Learning and Care Centres

Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.

$114.5 million has been allocated to establish the centres (including six Autism-specific centres). The funding includes both the capital costs and the ongoing costs of establishing additional child care places, including Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.


provides background information on the Early Learning and Care Centres.

Early Learning and Care Centres Programme Guidelines

The objective of the programme is to increase the supply of integrated early childhood education and care in areas of unmet demand for child care.

The programme places a strong emphasis on connecting with schools to ensure all Australian children are fully prepared for learning and life.