Starting a centre-based ECE service

Click on the links below for information on starting a centre-based licensed early learning 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 and Training Act 2020 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.