Preschools, also known as kindergartens, are undergoing reform as the governments of Australia focus attention on early childhood education and care. The industry has no central authority and is operated largely at the local level, with different structures in each state. Although the industry is fragmented at the state level, the agreement between Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) has ensured Commonwealth support and funding for the early education sector.
Preschools, also known as kindergartens in some states, provide pre-primary school education. Preschool education generally refers to structured, sessional education programs for children in the year prior to the first year of primary school, generally aged three-five years. Preschools may be operated by government, community organisations or the private sector. Preschool programs can also be offered in long-day child care centres.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.