Support for early childhood services

This page has information about a range of grants and initiatives available to the early childhood and child care (ECEC) sector. Some are specifically for ECEC services, while others are for businesses and employers more broadly.

On this page:

Support for the workforce

If you’re looking to recruit, trial, train or upskill staff, check out our employment and skills and training initiatives. These include:

The Australian Government has partnered with state and territory governments to establish JobTrainer to provide free and subsidised training. Many jurisdictions provide support for qualifications in early childhood education and care.

Support for your business

Most states and territories provide business support and mentoring. Many offer incentives to support specific groups or regions, and provide tax relief, micro-loans and subsidies.

Search for business support at business.gov.au or on the following state and territory websites:

Here’s some supporting services for small business:

If you’re an incorporated association or charity, take a look at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s Guide for Charity Board Members.

Support for your early childhood service

Various initiatives apply specifically to the ECEC sector.

We provide funding for services in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities through the Community Child Care Fund.

There are also ECEC-specific initiatives in each state and territory:

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