The early years system provides education, care and support to families for all children from birth to the age of 5 years.
It can include health, allied health, parenting support and education and care.
'Early childhood education and care' (ECEC) is part of the early years system, delivering care and education of children.
A range of services provide early childhood education and care - including government non-government service providers.
An overview of the early years system is outlined below.
Download our First 1000 Days overview (PDF, 935.6 KB)