Childcare and schools


Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here.


More childcare resources

There are a number of childcare facilities in Alice Springs. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.


Generic school teacher

Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher
Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher


DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

Alice Springs offers a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary education opportunities, with nineteen government and non-government schools/colleges, including two dedicated to Indigenous students, and seven preschools.


NT School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in the NT during 2019.


Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for NT schools.