We want to give families one less thing to worry about – and help support more parents, particularly women, back into work.
This Budget will deliver free kinder for 2021 and support for more outside school hours care – saving parents thousands of dollars and giving parents greater flexibility when it comes to work, study, training or re-entering the workforce. This investment includes:
Universal three-year-old kindergarten
$302 million to continue the rollout of universal three-year-old kindergarten, including additional funding for the early childhood LOOKOUT program to support the additional needs of families as a result of the pandemic.
Free kinder in 2021
$170 million to make kinder free next year, saving families around $2,000 for every child enrolled in a participating funded kindergarten program.
Outside school hours care programs
$82 million to increase the availability of before and after school care. Grants of up to $75,000 will be made available to start new outside school hours care programs at up to 400 government schools.
Upgrading early childhood facilities
$68 million to provide grants to local government and other eligible providers to build, expand and upgrade kinders and early childhood facilities.
Support refugee and asylum seeker families
$8.7 million for three-year-old children from refugee and asylum seeker families to access free or low-cost kindergarten, and for early intervention support to help parents and kids struggling as a result of the pandemic.
Helping kids get back to the sports they love
This Budget delivers the Get Active Kids Voucher Program to support kids to get moving and help families with the costs of community sport.
This $21 million investment will help children get involved in organised activities by providing $200 vouchers for sports equipment, uniforms or memberships.
This is expected to support up to 100,000 young Victorians to get back on the pitch, court, the nets or field – while also giving families one less thing to worry about.
Reviewed 23 November 2020