Supporting Children in ECEC WA Grant Program

— Applications for the ECEC Grants have now closed —

What You Need to Know

About the Preschool Reform Agreement:

The Preschool Reform Agreement (PRA) is a significant national initiative in Australia. It’s a collaborative effort between the Australian Government and all states and territories aimed at strengthening preschool education and better supporting children as they prepare for their first year of school. The PRA introduces key reforms to ensure that funding flows to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) registered Providers with a Service Approval offering preschool programs. The ultimate goal is to improve the accessibility, quality, and outcomes of preschool education for all children.

The PRA embodies a profound commitment to ensuring that every child, irrespective of their background, can access high-quality preschool education. One of the key reforms under the PRA is the flow of funding to all settings where preschool programs are delivered, including government schools, non-government schools, and the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

Preschool in Western Australia, most commonly known as kindergarten, provides an invaluable foundation to children in the year prior to full-time school. It is the child’s first step in their formal educational journey, and the PRA is dedicated to making this journey equitable and empowering from the beginning.

Please note: The Department of Education distributes the PRA funding to the school sector and this grants program has been established to distribute funding to the ECEC sector only.

Objectives of the PRA include:

  • maintaining universal access to affordable, quality preschool programs for all children
  • improving participation in preschool programs
  • maximising the benefit of the preschool year by improving outcomes for children


About the Grants Program

A Grants Program has been established to distribute funding to the ECEC sector. The Supporting Children in ECEC WA Grants Program is designed to assist the ECEC sector in securing funding for initiatives that are dedicated to improving outcomes for children. Specifically, this Grants Program provides funding for ECEC settings in line with the objectives of the PRA to facilitate children’s early learning and development and support their transition to school.

The Grant Guidelines include all details to support your application. It is important to read these guidelines carefully to determine your Service’s eligibility for this Grants Program.



Important dates

Grant Applications Open 1st November 2023
Submissions Close 24th November 2023, 5PM AWST
Grant Recipients Announced From 18th December 2023



Applications for the ECEC Grants have now closed.

FAQ & Tips Video

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Additional information

More information can be found on the WA Department of Education website.



If you need any help with the application, please e-mail or call 1300 66 11 64