The Early Childhood Education Directorate shapes and leads policy, funding, the regulatory framework and quality assurance processes for the early childhood education and care sector across NSW.
The NSW sector is the largest nationally and comprises around 5,000 services including preschools, long day care services, family day care services and outside school hours care, mobile, occasional and home-care-based services which provide early childhood education and care to over 380,000 children.
The directorate administers over $200m annually in state government grants to the early childhood sector including approximately $150m under the Preschool Funding Model. The directorate provides leadership and direction for the sector, regulates it under state and national law and oversights the implementation of the major reform, the National Quality Framework, which aims to improve the quality and consistency of early childhood education and care across Australia.
The directorate has a key strategic role in leading, influencing and negotiating state and national policy and reforms to maximise the resources and outcomes for children in early childhood education settings in NSW. It also has an important and growing strategic role in the broader education sector in leading and guiding the learning of children in the early years which is critical to future learning.