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Your first step into early childhood education and outside school hours care

Australia's free government website for families and communities to find and compare services by quality ratings, fees, vacancies and inclusions.

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Understand how governments rate service quality

To ensure the health and safety of children, our national regulatory system sets a high bar for services to be rated Meeting the National Quality Standards (NQS).

Learning begins from the start

It’s important your child has opportunities to learn and develop every day. Find out about early years learning and development.

Understand how quality gives children the best start in life

Research shows quality early education and care leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. Find out how educators deliver quality in services.

Calculate your Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Find out what your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements and out-of-pocket costs may be.

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