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Early Childhood Education

2022 Start Strong Free Preschool | Opt-out form

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Start Strong Free Preschool 2022 - Opt-out 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. Please refer to the program guidelines for additional information. 

Approved Providers who have opted in to the program can opt-out of the program prior to payment for that term being progressed. 

To opt back into the program again, a new opt-in submission form will need to be completed. 

The opt-out dates for each term are as follows 

  • Term 2: 6 April 2022
  • Term 3: 8 July 2022
  • Term 4: 30 September 2022

If you are seeking to opt-out later than the above dates, and for any other support with this program, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1800 619 113 or