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Victorian Budget 21/22

An Australian first: kinder for every three-year-old

The Victorian Government is determined to ensure our youngest Victorians are ready for school – and ready for life. That begins with a great early education.

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Research shows that early learning is a powerful way to support a child’s development, with the benefits lasting into the school years and beyond.

That’s why this Budget invests $167 million to continue the roll-out of three-year-old kinder, which for the first time will be available in every local government area in the state.

As a result of this investment, Victorian kids will have access to at least five hours a week of a funded three-year-old kinder program from next year, on offer in about 2,600 long day care and stand-alone services. The program will be scaled up to deliver 15 hours a week to families by 2029 as part of a $5 billion investment.

This nation-leading reform will support an additional 6,000 roles for qualified early childhood teachers and educators – affording more Victorians a great career teaching our kids.

This reform will also save families money, with an average saving of around $1,150 a year for five hours a week of kinder and $3,500 over a year when the roll-out is completed in 2029. Around a quarter of families will be able to access low or no-cost programs at a stand-alone service.

Media release

Best Start In Life: Statewide Three-Year-Old Kinder

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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