If you are moving to Canberra or ACT then pre-school offers a planned education program for children in the two years before they start school, usually from the age of 3yrs-5yrs. Although early childhood education in ACT is not compulsory, it does make the transition to school life easier. As well as learning basic skills to prepare the children for school, socialisation with other children their age is also nice. Pre-school most often runs between 9am-3pm – similar to school hours with the option of sending your child 1-5 days per week. Some pre schools have longer hours from 7.30am to 6pm, which is an excellent option for working parents.