All of the experts tell us that begins with early education.
It’s why, as part of the largest early childhood reform ever undertaken in our state’s history, the Government is investing $882 million, as part of our commitment to ensure every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week over the next decade.
This investment will also assist families struggling with the cost of living. Right now, many are forced to scrimp and save to cover the costs of three-year-old kinder – around $5,000 a year for 15 hours – while many see their kids miss out.
But as part of our investment, around a quarter of Victorian families will pay nothing at all, while families whose children attend a standalone kinder will save an average of $3,500.
Led by qualified kindergarten teachers, this reform will nearly double the size of the kindergarten sector once fully rolled out. It’s why this Budget also invests $28.5 million to add early childhood to the list of Victoria’s Free courses.
This year’s Budget includes a further $38.5 million to ensure Victorian children can access inclusive early childhood education, giving them the very best start in life. This includes:
Building, expanding and improving local kindergarten
$33.6 million for local councils and eligible providers to build, expand and improve local kindergarten and other early childhood facilities.
Supporting children with disability or development delay
$3.4 million to support children with disability or development delay, including providing special education, therapy and assistance to access kindergarten and child care.
Kindergarten Inclusion Support program
$1.6 million to help meet the needs of children with significant disability, as part of the Kindergarten Inclusion Support.
Reviewed 27 May 2019