Many Independent schools provide early childhood education and care on site, which means families can experience continuity of children's education and development.

There are more than a thousand Independent schools in Australia, and many have provision for early childhood education and care.

Independent schools that provide an early learning centre on site can be a benefit to families by easing the transition to formal schooling. These services also enable collaboration and information sharing between early childhood educators and primary teachers, and can increase children’s confidence in their school surroundings.

The early childhood sector in Australia is complex, diverse and growing. Providers of early childhood education and care operate in a sector where arrangements differ according to jurisdictions, sectors and types of early childhood services.

ISA has conducted an environmental scan of the early childhood education and care sector to help make sense of the complexity and provide insights for providers and policy makers.

Image courtesy of Samford Valley Steiner School



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