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Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Yes, yes and yes. They cost up to A145/day but that will include meals. Our experience has been mixed. The ELC programs are unstructured and children kind of run amok without much discipline and no consequences, which causes problems at home. Schools offer before and after school care at a cost. We pay an extra A$50 per day if we need to send our son to before and after school care. Some of the private schools have ELCs which offer a more structured program (for example, Brighton Grammar). I would recommend this over an ELC if you have an intelligent child who needs more stimulation and structure during the day. - Jul 18, 2017