If you are moving to Perth or Western Australia then pre-school is a planned education program for children in the years before they start school, usually from the age of 3yrs-5yrs. Early childhood education in Western Australia is not compulsory but it can make the transition to school life easier. Pre-schools teach basic skills which will prepare children for school and the socialisation with other children their age is often beneficial. Pre-school(kindergarten and pre-primary) normally runs between 9am-3pm with the option to send your children 1-5 days per week. Some pre schools have longer hours from 7.30am to 6pm, providing a good option for working parents.