Mapping long day care and non-government preschool in South Australia

This report undertaken by the Royal Commission and Deloitte Access Economics compiles data sets from across different levels of government that are not usually available to policy makers.

It also draws on a broad ECEC sector survey conducted in early 2023, which sought input from non-government ECEC providers on operational issues, current services (including other supports like parenting programs) as well as provider interest and capacity to provide 3-year-old preschool.

Mapping long day care and non-government preschool in South Australia (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) issues paper

The Royal Commission is seeking to understand accessibility and demand for OSHC, structural barriers to OSHC for preschool aged children and governance of OSHC as a part of the wider education system.

The Royal Commission's Terms of Reference specifically note the challenges of balancing work and education for families and that OSHC is not universally available, accessible or convenient.

This issues paper has been developed to explore the current state of OSHC in South Australia and across the rest of the country, and raise a number of points for discussion at the OSHC Stakeholder Roundtables.

Out of School Hours Care issues paper (PDF, 234.2 KB)

Early Childhood Literature Review and Academic Survey

Recently the Royal Commission engaged the University of South Australia to review contemporary academic literature on the impacts of 3-year-old preschool on child development and learning outcomes.

The university also surveyed leading national and international academics to gather insights into what is known and not known about early childhood education and care and child development.

The work will be critical in ensuring the Royal Commission is informed by current and rigorous evidence on preschool for 3-year-old children and the impacts that early childhood education and care can have on children’s development.

University of South Australia, Rapid Literature Review and Academic Pulse Survey (PDF, 1.0 MB)