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The Preschool Education market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Preschool Education industry has performed well over the past five years. A rise in Federal Government funding to states and territories for the better provision of preschool services has significantly boosted revenue over the period. Industry revenue is forecast to increase by an annualised 7.3% over the five years through 2016-17, to total $1.3 billion. In January 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) implemented a National Quality Framework to standardise and increase the quality of preschool and childcare services. The framework established compulsory national standards for early childhood education and care providers, minimum staff-to-child ratios, staff qualification requirements, a quality-rating system and a new national regulatory body...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Preschool services are typically offered for children aged three to five prior to entering primary school. There are a variety of preschool education providers and their market dominance varies by state. For example, Victoria and New South Wales rely on community-managed providers for most preschool education. In comparison, preschool is largely included as part of the public education system in the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

Community preschool education

Community preschool education includes not-for-profit services provided or managed by parents, churches or cooperatives. Community preschool education is expected to account for 49.4% of industry revenue in 2016-17. Com..

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Industry Products

What is the Preschool Education Industry?

Industry participants are primarily engaged in providing accredited pre-primary education. Preschool programs are designed to introduce children to the ideas, attitudes and behaviour required in a school environment. Preschool education is generally aimed at children aged three to five years, and is provided by staff that have training in an educational field. Preschools may be operated by governments, community organisations or the private sector.

Industry Products
Community preschool education
Private for-profit education
Independent and catholic preschool education
Government preschool education
Industry Activities
Kindergarten operation (except child minding centres)
Preschool centre operation (except child minding centres)

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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