If you are moving to Tasmania then pre-school is a planned education program for children from the age of 3yrs-5yrs. Although early childhood education in Tasmania is not compulsory, it will usually make the transition to school life easier. Pre-schools teach basic skills preparing children for school and offering socialisation with other children their age. Pre-school will run between 9am-3pm and between 1-5 days per week. Some pre- schools keep longer hours from 7.30am to 6pm, which is useful for working parents.