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child care is subsidized but pre-school is not

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Did anyone else noticed that in Australia (at least in NSW where I live) child care/day care fee is subsidized by the government but the fee for pre-schools is not. Why is it so?

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I wonder if it is because child care/day care is to allow parents to go to work (hence the subsidy, kind of like a bit of tax back to encourage people to work), whereas pre-school is more of an optional thing and it isn't thought necessary that kids attend pre-school before school?  I can't think of any reason other than that.  I think there are a few government pre-schools, but they tend to be in low socio-economic areas and usually oversubscribed.

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