Early Childhood Education


The Early Childhood Education Directorate (ECED) monitors, supports and regulates early childhood education services in NSW. We work to ensure the delivery of quality early education for children from birth up to and including school age.

Our strategic priorities

The directorate is focussed on ensuring:

  • universal access
  • choice and sustainability
  • quality learning environments
  • support for diverse needs
  • an educational and learning focus

Who we are

Our staff are based at offices in central Sydney, Bankstown, Parramatta and regional NSW locations.

Through communicating and working in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and professionals who work with children in a range of early childhood education environments, we ensure the delivery of high quality services to build a better future for children.

As the NSW Regulatory Authority for early childhood education services, the department of education is responsible under the National Law and Regulations, to ensure services meet the requirements to operate under the National Quality Framework.

The department is also responsible for implementing and administering state-based funding to continuously improve the quality of and access to early childhood education in NSW.

Stay informed

The News and Events section of the NSW Education website can help you to stay up to date with the latest activities and developments from the department.

Tracy Mackey(Early Childhood Education)

Tracy Mackey is Executive Director, Early Childhood Education. She is responsible for the funding of early childhood education in NSW, for the formulation and implementation of policy on early childhood education and care, and for the regulation of the early childhood sector, which consists of over 5000 early childhood education and care providers. Tracy has a breadth of experience in social policy, strategy development and implementation, program delivery and stakeholder management and engagement. Tracy has worked at a senior level in the Commonwealth public sector, leading high profile policy and program areas. She has had particular experience in managing major reform agendas including the inaugural Protecting Australia’s Children COAG reforms as well as national health and hospital reform. Prior to joining the Department, Tracy was Executive Director, Strategy and Engagement with Life Without Barriers, one of Australia's largest not-for-profit organisations.