About the Early Years Commitment

Changing the future for children and families in NSW

The Early Years Commitment is a historic new investment by the NSW Government to transform early childhood education and care, child development and women’s economic participation in NSW. It is a commitment to change the future for children and families across the state.

With a commitment of $15.9 billion over 10 years, this is a plan to:

  • scale up state-wide family and child development programs that are proven to make a positive difference in the vital first 2,000 days of children’s lives.
  • make essential early childhood education and care services more affordable and accessible for parents and carers when and where they need it.
  • enhance quality in services and ensure the best early childhood education is available for our littlest learners.
  • invest in our invaluable early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce and make early childhood education a career of choice for a whole new generation of teachers and educators.

The centrepiece of the Early Years Commitment is the plan to introduce universal pre-Kindergarten in the year before primary school for every child by the end of the decade. With a focus on offering children a high-quality early learning experience on more days, and in more locations, in the critical year before school, universal pre-Kindergarten will be a life-changing start to the education journey for NSW children, families and communities.

No child is left behind

As we undertake these major reform steps, the NSW Government’s commitment to leave no child behind will be clear. Children with disability and children from low-income families will be prioritised across every initiative.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be at the centre of all we do.

The NSW Government is deeply committed to Closing the Gap and will work with families, communities and early childhood education services to ensure the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

The moment for change has arrived

Change in early childhood education and care has been called for by families, the sector, by academics and public commentators.

The NSW Government’s Early Years Commitment is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the future for every child and every family in NSW.

Our 10-year reform plan

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A plan to be delivered in partnership

The NSW Department of Education’s partnership with early childhood teachers, educators and services is at the heart of these reforms.

We will consult widely and work closely with families, communities and our teachers, educators and services as we develop, design and implement the Early Years Commitment.

We look forward to seeing the sector grow and become even more valued as a result of this work.

We want to see more affordable places in early childhood education and care services. We want to see the quality of early learning continue to improve, and we want to see universal access to quality early childhood education for our preschoolers, particularly in the year before school.

Every child deserves the very best start in life and every working family should have access to affordable, quality early childhood education and care, no matter their circumstances or where they live.

More information

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To provide feedback or ask us a question about the Early Years Commitment please contact:

Early Years Commitment team
EarlyYearsCommitment@det.nsw.edu.au

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