Early Childhood

In Australia, early childhood education and care is delivered by providers and services in the states and territories and subsidised by the Australian Government.

Most of the information on our website is for providers and services. Families should go to the Services Australia website to find out about early childhood education and care. Families can find and compare services and fees on the Starting Blocks website.

About early childhood

Early childhood education and care is delivered to children and families by approved providers and services.

The Australian Government subsidises the cost of child care. State and territory governments are responsible for the health, safety, wellbeing and educational outcomes of children.

Learn about Australia’s early childhood education and care system

Child Care Subsidy

Australian families receive help with the cost of child care through the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

CCS is paid directly to approved providers and passed on to families as a fee reduction.

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Additional Child Care Subsidy

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides extra help with fees to families facing barriers to early childhood education and care.

ACCS will usually cover all of a child’s fees.

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Community Child Care Fund

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) helps early childhood education and care services address barriers to participation.

CCCF grants are targeted to disadvantaged, regional, remote and Indigenous communities.

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Inclusion Support Program

The Inclusion Support Program (ISP) helps services care for children with additional needs.

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Closing the Gap

We’re investing in measures to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through better access to quality early childhood education and care.

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Support for providers

About the sector