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Early Childhood Education

2022 Start Strong Free Preschool | Opt-in Form

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Start Strong Free Preschool - Opt-in process


Start Strong Free Preschool is designed to support families with cost of living pressures through the delivery of free preschool for 600 hours in the two years before school.

Funding will be provided for eligible children aged 3 years and above and will be paid on top of  annual Start Strong or mobile preschools funding.

Approved Providers are able to opt in to the program on behalf of all of your services for the full 2022 period. 

Services are able to opt out of the program by completing the relevant opt out process through SmaryGrants. The opt out should be completed prior to payment for that term being progressed. Please refer to the program guidelines for opt-out date requirements.

Please refer to the program guidelines for additional information, including spending rules, payment timing, and funding conditions. 

For support with this program, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1800 619 113 or


Key points to note:

  • Opt-in submission applies to 2022 calendar year
  • Submitting this form will opt-in all your eligible services. You do not need to complete a separate form for each eligible service.
  • Please have your Provider ID available before you start this form

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Once you begin the form, you may save your progress and come back to it at any time.

Your form number will be emailed to you. Please retain this form number for future information requests from the Department