The Tasmanian Department of Education (DoE ) provides educational services to children from birth. There is no defined age limit because we believe in and are responsible for educational services that enable all Tasmanians to learn, regardless of their age, their background or where they live.

The Education and Care Unit (ECU) is a part of DoE and undertakes the core functions as the Tasmanian Regulatory Authority and regulates the education and care sector in Tasmania to maximise quality outcomes for children by:

  • implementing the National Quality Framework;
  • administering of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations; and
  • approving, licensing and regulating child care services under the Child Care Act 2001 (Tas) and State Licensing Standards.

Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been a voice for children since 1938.  ECA's vision is that every young child is thriving and learning. To achieve this, ECA champion the rights of young children to thrive and learn at home, in the community, within early learning settings and through the early years of school. ECA's work builds the capacity of our society and the early childhood sector to realise the potential of every child during the critical early years from birth to the age of eight. ECA specifically acknowledges the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, and the past and current injustices and realities for them around Australia.

ECA offer a range of quality best-practice resources for early childhood professionals through a range of quarterly publications, The ECA Shop and The Learning Hub online professional learning platform.
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