The Kindergarten Guide provides detailed information about:
- the types of kindergarten funding available
- eligibility criteria
- how to apply for funding
- how to comply with operational requirement once funding has been granted
The guide is designed to assist services that provide kindergarten programs and currently receive or wish to apply for funding from the Department.
To access the guide, see:
From time to time, supplements to the guide may be published on this page. The guide should be read in conjunction with any published supplements, which you can download and store along with the guide.
The Kindergarten Guide is divided into three parts:
- Part A - information about funding for kindergarten programs for children in the year prior to school.
- Part B - information about a second year of funded kindergarten.
- Part C - information about the Early Start Kindergarten program.
Types of funding
The Kindergarten Guide provides information about the different types of funding available from the Department.
Kindergarten per capita grant
This is the main type of funding available from the Department. Service providers can apply to receive a grant for each eligible child who is enrolled and attending a funded kindergarten program in the year before school. The grant rate may vary depending on the service setting and location.
Other types of funding
In addition to the per capita grants the Department provides the following types of funding:
- Kindergarten cluster management - funding to contribute to the cost of management and coordination of services across a cluster
- Kindergarten fee subsidy - enables eligible children to attend a kindergarten program at minimal or no cost
- Second year of kindergarten - for children that have delays in key areas of development and would benefit from a second year of kindergarten
- Early Start Kindergarten - grant and extension grant to enable eligible children to access two years of kindergarten prior to starting school at minimal or no cost
- Early childhood teacher supplement - to offset the cost of employing more experienced teachers
- Travel allowance - to help rural services attract qualified early childhood teachers
- Parental leave - to reimburse services that have paid parental leave entitlements to early childhood teachers and assistants
- Small rural - funding to support kindergarten programs in small rural communities.
Templates and calculators
The following tools can assist services applying for, or receiving Department funding: