Purpose of grant
New Early Learning Facilities enable the provision of high quality early learning programs, including funded kindergarten in the year before school, at a neighbourhood level. The location and design of New Early Learning Facilities should respond to the needs of local families and support partnerships with other local services for children and families.
New Early Learning Facilities funded through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program must include two rooms. The licensed capacity of the service must be at least 66 (unless otherwise agreed with DET) for the delivery of a funded kindergarten program for children in the year before school and provision for at least one other early childhood service from the following:
- long day care
- three year old kindergarten
- Maternal and Child Health
A new early learning facility must be on a site that is not currently used by a licensed children’s service.
Eligible organisations can apply for up to 75 per cent of the total project cost, capped at $650,000 per grant (GST exclusive).
New Early Learning Facilities will be expected to be completed within 18 months of the execution of the Common Funding Agreement or as otherwise agreed with DET. All Common Funding Agreements must be signed no later than 8 weeks following official notification of a successful grant application.
In cases where a project is delayed for an unreasonable length of time, or where substantive changes to scope are made after funding has been approved, DET reserves the right to cancel the grant and, if applicable, recoup any payments that have already been provided.