Early Childhood Reform

The Victorian Government has invested $202.1m into early childhood services through the Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan.

Service providers and interested stakeholders are now invited to take part in a series of regional forums across Victoria to learn more about implementing these reforms. See below for information on how to register your interest.

Area forums - Early Childhood Reform


The Department will be holding Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan area forums across Victoria. The forums will provide an opportunity for early childhood service providers and other stakeholders to:

  • hear about the Reform Plan’s vision and reform directions
  • explore the reforms in detail with executives and staff from the Department
  • have the opportunity to register interest in providing input/insight into implementation of the reforms.

Register for a forum near you

To find a date and time for your nearest regional forum and to register for the event, see:

Early Childhood Reform Plan area forums

More information

If you have any questions about the Reform Plan or the area forums, email: early.childhood.reform@edumail.vic.gov.au


It all starts with the early years

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. Through a record $202.1 million investment, the Victorian Government is delivering on our commitment to give every child the best start in life.

The Early Childhood Reform Plan outlines the Victorian Government’s vision for the early years. This plan will deliver systemic change, targeted at supporting the children who need it most.

These initiatives aim to create a higher quality, more equitable and inclusive early childhood system, helping Victorian families get their kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for their lives ahead.

The plan includes:

  • $81.1 million for more help for parents to handle the challenges of parenting and more time with skilled professionals like Maternal and Child Health nurses
  • $108.4 million to help kindergartens deliver high-quality and inclusive programs that make the most of every minute that our children are playing and learning
  • $7.2 million to support children with a disability and their families during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • $5.4 million for more help for Koorie families to provide a strong foundation for their children’s learning and development. 

This investment supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children.

To read the plan in full, see:

Better kinder for all children

To help Victorian children get the best start in life, the Victorian Government is boosting funding for kindergartens to ensure that every Victorian child starts school ready to learn.

As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, we will invest $108.4 million to help kindergartens deliver high-quality programs that make the most of every minute that our children are playing and learning. For more information, see:

Maternal and Child Health Services

More parenting supports and Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services (MCH) will be available for Victorian parents and their children.

As part of Budget 2017/18, the Victorian Government will invest $81.1 million MCH and parenting supports to help families get their kids ready for kindergarten and beyond.

For more information, see:

Supporting parents

The biggest influence on a young child is their parents. Taking on this role can be daunting, and all parents need support at times. Like any skill, parenting can be learned and improved, which is why having access to the right support and information is so important.

That is why we are strengthening our MCH Service and providing additional help to families who need it.

​​​​​Early Childhood Consultation

Development of the Early Childhood Reform Plan has been guided by research and valuable feedback from people who care passionately about getting this right.

It has its foundation in a consultation process held in late 2015. To read more about it, see: