The Victorian Government recognises the importance of supporting children and families through high-quality early childhood programs and services. This reflects the clear evidence that involvement in early childhood programs such as kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health can lead to better outcomes for children, including improved health and wellbeing, social development and skills for learning.
The Victorian Government's Children's Facilities Capital program is designed to support the delivery of high-quality early years programs for children and their families. It aims to:
- increase infrastructure capacity to deliver a high-quality kindergarten program for all children in the year before school
- improve access to a high-quality kindergarten program in the same place as long day care and other children's and family services
- improve access to early childhood services by children from vulnerable and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
- establish more services for children and families on or near school sites
- promote integrated, inclusive and collaborative early childhood education and care services that provide high-quality programs to meet the needs of young children and their families.
In developing proposals, applicants should keep in mind new educator to child ratios that will come into effect from 1 January 2016 under the National Quality Framework. For children aged 36 months and above, a ratio of one educator to 11 children will apply.