Snapshot of the NSW sector

Infographic Snapshot of the NSW sector
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Department of Education Preschool

School-based NSW Government run services
Ages 3-5

101 services
(99 under National Quality Framework + Dubbo School of Distance Education and School of the Air Broken Hill and Hay)

3,441 children

= 3.5% of the approximate year before full-time school population
+ ~700 not in year before full time school (3-4 year olds)

  • Typically operates 6-hr days (eg. 9am-3pm)
  • Generally offers preschool programs for 600 hrs/yr (typically 5 days/fortnight)
  • Guided by Early Years Learning Framework
  • Not eligible for CCS

Community and Mobile Preschool

Primarily funded by the NSW Government
Ages 3-5

~700 centre-based community preschool services
+ 38 mobile preschool services

20,735 children

= 21.1% of the approximate year before full-time school population
+ ~18,000 not in year before full-time school (3-4 year olds)

  • Typically operates 7.5-hr days (eg. 8:30am-4pm)
  • Generally offers preschool programs for 600 hrs/yr (typically 2 days/week)
  • Guided by Early Years Learning Framework
  • 92% private NFP, 5% gov’t managed and 3% Catholic / Independent schools
  • Not eligible for CCS

Long Day Care/ Centre-based Day Care

Centre-based services with extended hours that offer preschool programs
Ages 0-5

~3,300 long day care services, especially in metro and urban areas

61,584 children

= 62.7% of the ~ year before full-time school population
+ ~187,000 not in year before full time school (0-4 year-olds)

  • Typically operates 10-11 hrs/day (eg. 7:30am-6pm)
  • Guided by Early Years Learning Framework
  • 75% private for-profit, 17% private NFP, 6% government managed and 2% Catholic/Independent schools
  • Eligible for CCS

Family Day Care

Home-based services
Ages 0-12

~ 145 FDC services

30,000 children

  • Days and hours vary between services and educators
  • Small groups of up to seven children
  • No requirement to have an early childhood teacher
  • 54% private for-profit, 22% private NFP and 24% government managed
  • Eligible for CCS

Out of School Hours Care

Centre-based services offering before and after school care & vacation care
Ages 5-12

~1,500 OSHC services
+ 300 long day care centres
provide OSHC

151,600 children

  • Typically operates before school (eg. 7am-9am) & after school (eg. 3-6pm), often located at a school
  • Guided by My Time, Our Place learning framework
  • 47% private for-profit, 42% private NFP, 6% gov’t managed & 5% Catholic / Independent schools
  • Eligible for CCS

Notes

Year before full-time school children includes all 5 yo and a proportion of 4 yo children

CCS = Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy

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