Starting a centre-based ECE service

This is a guide for service providers interested in establishing a licensed early childhood education (ECE) and care centre. Please make sure you read the whole document before taking further steps to establishing your ECE service.

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What is an early childhood education and care centre?

An early childhood education and care centre is defined in the Education Act 1989 as “premises used regularly for the education or care of 3 or more children (not being children of the persons providing the education or care, or children enrolled at a school being provided with education and care before or after school) under the age of 6 —

  • by the day or part of a day; but
  • not for any continuous period of more than 7 days.