Education and Childcare

Are schools closed?

All ACT schools, including preschools, are pupil free until the end of Term 1.

School holidays will start on Friday 10 April and an update will be provided before the start of Term 2, commencing Tuesday 28 April (Monday 27 April is a public holiday).

ACT schools remain open to students who need to attend such as children whose parents and carers are engaged in essential services, vulnerable children and those with additional needs.

No child will be turned away from school.

If your child is unwell do not send them to school.

Schools are transitioning to alternative methods of delivering education. ACT public primary schools are identifying students in years 4, 5 and 6 who require a device to ensure learning can continue at home.

learning resource library is available to support parents and children learning from home.

All other early childhood services, such as long day care, family day care, some out of school hours care and vacation care continue to operate. Check with your local provider to see if services have changed.

Are childcare centres and outside school hours care closed?

It is safe for children to be in education and care services in the ACT, including out of school hours care.

The ACT Government is recommending, based on health advice, that childcare services remain open for the foreseeable future. At this stage, holiday/vacation care can continue as planned.

For the latest information on the Australian Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package to support early childhood education and care services in response to COVID-19, please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Information for providers and services can be found on the Australian Government’s factsheet on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information for early childhood education and care providers and services.

For more information about childcare and early childhood settings visit the ACT Education Directorate website.

What if I work in essential services and can’t stay home with my children?

ACT schools remain open to students who need to attend such as children whose parents and carers are engaged in essential services, vulnerable children and those with special needs.

No child will be turned away from school.

If your child is unwell do not send them to school.

When can students return to school?

ACT schools remain open to students who need to attend such as children whose parents and carers are engaged in essential services, vulnerable children and those with additional needs.

A further update will be provided before the start of Term 2. This decision will be based on advice from Australian and ACT Government Health officials.

What about universities and other tertiary institutions?

Australian National University, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University and the Canberra Institute of Technology are transitioning to online learning. Students should contact their learning institution for more information.

Advice for international students

Foreign nationals (excluding Australian permanent residents and their families) cannot enter Australia due to border control measures.

The Australian Government is also delivering more Australian education services online and offshore for international students. To find out more and for support, go to coronavirus updates for international students on the Study in Australia website.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: April 03 2020