The National Education System & the Classification of Educational Institutions

Child Care Centres

The Education Act 1996 expressly states that the provisions applying to pre-school education and kindergartens do not apply to child care centres that are established under the provisions of other legislation. The Child Care Centre Act 1984, regulates premises at which four or more children under the age of four years from more than one household are received to be looked after for reward.

Under the Child Care Centre Act 1984, child care centres fall within the purview of the Social Welfare Department.