Teacher presenting to students with laptopsChildcare

The Northern Territory offers all types of child day care; long daycare, family daycare, outside school hours care and occasional care. Go to the Australian Government’s mychild website to find childcare options that suit you or go to the Online Care for Kids website for information on childcare centres and options in the Territory.

Primary and secondary education

The school year starts in late January and is divided into four terms, of 10 weeks in length. Breaks consist of a one-week break at the end of Term 1, a four week break at the end of Term 2, another one-week break at the end of Term 3 and a six week break at the end of the school year in December / January.

The Northern Territory Curriculum Framework forms the basis of learning programs from preschool to Year 10. Education is compulsory for children aged between six and 15 years. Northern Territory Government schools provide preschool programs for children turning four by 30 June of the year in question.

The first year of full-time schooling in the Northern Territory is known as Transition, a period that helps prepare children for formal learning.

The stages of schooling in the Northern Territory are in line with the rest of Australia. The early years cover preschool to Year 3, primary years are grades 4 to 6, the middle years are grades 7 to 9 and senior years include grades 10 to 12.

Senior secondary students undertake courses that lead to the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE), which is a certificate of completion of secondary schooling. This qualification is recognised by all Australian colleges and universities. Students seeking university entrance must also comply with Northern Territory and South Australia tertiary entrance requirements as prescribed by the universities. High schools and registered training organisations offer a wide variety of courses and deliver high quality, nationally recognised training outcomes for industry, communities and individuals.