The South Australian Department for Education administers funding provided by the Australian Government under the Preschool Reform Agreement.
The funding processes for non-government preschool providers in 2023 are under development and applications are on hold. If you're interested in applying for funding for 2023, email education.preschoolfunding [at] sa.gov.au and the Preschool Funding Unit will notify you when the online application process opens.
Preschool Reform Agreement
The Australian Government has replaced the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education – 2018 to 2021 (UANP) with a 4-year Preschool Reform Agreement (PRA).
From 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025, the PRA will provide funding to the South Australian government to support the delivery of 15 hours per week, or 600 hours a year of a quality preschool program by a degree-qualified early childhood teacher to all South Australian children, regardless of the setting in which programs are delivered in the year before school.
The objective of the Australian Government’s PRA is to facilitate children’s early learning and development and transition to school by:
- maintaining universal access to affordable, quality preschool program for all children
- improving participation in preschool programs
- maximising the benefit of the preschool year by improving outcomes for children.
The PRA has a focus on improving preschool participation and outcomes including for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; and
- disadvantaged children.
To be eligible for funding, service providers must:
- employ a registered, degree-qualified early childhood teacher that, at a minimum, meets the National Quality Framework (NQF) qualification requirements to deliver a preschool program in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
- ensure the teacher is registered with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (TRB)
- offer and provide all eligible children in their year before school an annual provision of 600 hours of preschool or 15 hours per week over 40 weeks of the year (note that as per the Education and Children's Services Act 2019, all children are required to be enrolled in and attending school by the time they turn 6 years of age).
- operate a service that holds a service approval with the Education Standards Board and agree to comply with the conditions set out in the funding agreement.
2023 funding – register for updates
Applications for funding are on hold while funding processes are being reviewed.
If you'd like to be notified when the 2023 online application process opens, let us know on education.preschoolfunding [at] sa.gov.au.
Preschool Funding Unit
Phone: 8226 0095
Email: education.preschoolfunding [at] sa.gov.au