Last updated 24/09/2021

The early childhood education and care sector (ECEC), along with the rest of the community, is experiencing the impacts of the COVID-19 virus and the significant challenges it poses to the families, early childhood educators and providers of early childhood education and care services.

Information about COVID-19 restrictions and impacts on ECEC services

State or Territory COVID-19 website Relevant pages
ACT COVID-19 website Early childhood education and other education requirements

Face mask requirements

NSW COVID-19 website COVID-19 guidelines for ECEC services

Funding, support and administration

VIC COVID-19 page Early childhood education and care 

Resources for learning from home

QLD COVID-19 website Information for early childhood education providers

Restrictions

Vaccination videos

NT COVID-19 website Restrictions – early childhood education and schools

Wellbeing support

WA COVD-19 website Early childhood education

State of emergency declarations

Safer WA for children and young people

SA COVID-19 website Schools, Universities and early childhood education

School, preschool, OSHC and vacation care operations

Health advice

TAS COVID-19 page Early childhood education and schools

Learning at home

Face mask requirements

Regulatory Authorities may also provide information about COVID-19 impacts on ECEC services, see contact details below.

The Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) provide regular updates, information and resources on COVID-19. To subscribe to the updates please email ECCCDigitalCommunication@dese.gov.au

State or Territory Email Phone number
ACT ceca@act.gov.au 02 6207 1128
NSW ececd@det.nsw.edu.au 1800 619 113
VIC licensed.childrens.services@education.vic.gov.au 1300 307 415
QLD ecec@qed.qld.gov.au 13 7486
NT Qualityecnt.det@nt.gov.au 08 8999 3561
WA ecru@communities.wa.gov.au 08 6551 8333
SA ESB.EarlyChildhoodServices@sa.gov.au 1800 882 413
TAS ecu.comment@education.tas.gov.au 1800 816 057

Official government contacts and websites for services and providers:

  • 24/7 National Coronavirus Health information line: 1800 020 080
  • Child Care Subsidy Help Desk 1 300 667 276 or ccshhelpdesk@dese.gov.au
  • Child Care Finder website: www.childcarefinder.gov.au/
  • Support for businesses (does not include NFP): Business.gov.au
  • Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws:  Fairwork.gov.au

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