South Australia Labor announces new preschool policy

The South Australian Opposition is making education reform the centrepiece of its pitch to SA voters, with a plan to offer preschool to three-year-old children.

The announcement was made at SA’s last Labor state convention before the next state election in March, as the party kicks into campaign mode.

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas has promised a Labor government would make preschool available for children from three years of age from 2026, and would launch a royal commission to reform early childhood learning.

One of its goals would be to make outside school care more affordable.

However, the SA government says the current system is working very well.