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.

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The first 1000 days