Celebrating the statewide launch of funded Three-Year-Old Kinder

This year, 3-year-old Victorian children have access to at least 5 hours of funded kinder

Kinder Kits for Three-Year-Old Kinder

Victorian children enrolled in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten this year will receive a fun-filled Kinder Kit

Have your say on the Transition Learning and Development Statement and other assessment tools

In Term 2 2022, focus groups will be held for early childhood teachers and Foundation teachers to share their views about the TLDS and other assessment tools used to share information when children transition from kindergarten to school

Support to become an early childhood teacher

Financial support in the form of scholarships is helping hundreds of Victorians to pursue a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher

Early childhood Free TAFE courses are now underway

More learners across Victoria will be able to start a rewarding career in early childhood education and care, thanks to Free TAFE

Universal funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out begins

Find out about the landmark reform to Victorian early childhood education.

Supporting families during and after bushfires

The recent bushfires in Victoria have been devastating for many communities. There are things you can do to help.

Australia Day Honours 2020: Leaders in Victorian education recognised

Inaugural member of the Early Years Compact Board, Noelene Duff, has been awarded a Public Service Medal as part of this year's Australia Day Honours.

Video: Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Twilight Seminar

Hear a panel of early childhood professionals discuss strategies to ensure children get the most out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, being rolled out in Victoria from next year

Respectful Relationships professional learning

Registrations are open for Respectful Relationships early childhood professional learning in 2020

Video: Aboriginal language program

See Aboriginal Elder Uncle Locky teaching his language to kindergarten children in Warrnambool.

Sharing is caring

Do you have some advice to share with new early childhood teachers and educators? We’d love to hear it.

Early Childhood Update in 2020

Your monthly Early Childhood Update will resume on 13 February, at which time we’ll be excited to celebrate the launch of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

'Best start, best life': Three-year-old kindergarten campaign kicks off

The first state-wide advertising campaign for the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform has kicked off, launching as part of the AFL Grand Final broadcast.

Act now to have your say on the Department's Early Childhood Reforms

Help shape the future of the early childhood sector by sharing your experience as an early childhood teacher or educator before Friday 25 October.

Supporting newly arrived families with playgroups

Families new to Victoria will be able to take their children to culturally supported playgroups that cater to families of different cultural backgrounds, giving them the confidence and security of attending a welcoming play environment.

Incentives for early childhood teachers to work in regional areas

Early childhood teachers are needed in the initial six local government areas where kindergarten for three-year-olds will be rolled out in 2020. Teachers who take up one of these teaching job will be eligible to receive up to $9,000.

Tips to help children get prepared for starting prep

Useful tips to offer parents on how to help their child be prepared and have a positive start to school.

2019 Victorian Early Years Awards finalists announced

Now in its 14th year, the awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven categories. Find out who are this year’s finalists and read more about their stories.

Have your say on Victoria’s early childhood reforms

Your feedback is extremely important to us and as part of the Early Childhood Strategic Evaluation, an online survey will be provided to early childhood staff to examine the impacts, benefits and challenges of key reforms.

Balnarring Pre-Schools commitment to teaching Aboriginal culture

The team at Balnarring Pre-School are providing the children in their service, as well as the wider community, with a connection to and understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Reminder to flush drinking water supply systems

Early childhood and education care services are reminded to flush drinking water supply systems after long periods of non-use to reduce potential exposure to metals that can dissolve into drinking water from some plumbing products.

Twilight event puts the spotlight on the big early childhood reforms

At the Twilight event held on 13 June 2019, hundreds of early childhood professionals turned out to hear a panel of experts talk about three-year-old kindergarten and school readiness funding.

Important information about the Online TLDS

Make sure your service is ready for the reopening of the Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (Online TLDS) in Term 3. Before the Online TLDS reopens, there are some important tasks to complete first to make sure you are ready.

Improving career support to help deliver the Three-year-old Kindergarten reform

Early childhood teachers, educators and leaders are encouraged to share their experiences of professional development and support in their career by completing a short online survey or attending a focus group.

Record budget investment in kindergarten for every three-year-old

The 2019/20 Victorian Budget is investing an unprecedented $881.6 million to get the roll-out of subsidised kindergarten for Victorian three-year-olds under way.

2019/20 State Budget helps all Victorian children have the best start in life

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why this year’s budget is continuing to invest in building more inclusive kindergartens and supporting our youngest learners.

Have you received children’s most up-to-date immunisation history?

Have you received the most up-to-date Immunisation History Statement for children attending your service? Make sure you send out your reminders to parents soon.

Victorian Early Years Awards shine a light on Debney Meadows Primary school

Debney Meadows Primary school has been celebrated for its Oral Language Headstart program, which is helping our youngest children find their voice.

State-wide survey of services’ capacity to start in May

To help prepare for the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten, the Department is working with Ernst & Young to conduct onsite visits of every kindergarten and long day care facility in Victoria.

Have your say on important Early Childhood Legislative Reform projects

We are now seeking your feedback to inform Government decision making on two Legislative Reform projects. Find out more and get involved.

Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home care case study

This case study examines how partners and services have worked together to advocate for three-year-old Ella’s right to access education and development services.

Preparation for kindergarten programs for three-year-olds

The Victorian Government will be making grants available to service providers and launching a range of early childhood workforce initiatives to help prepare for the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten.

Protect yourself and others from the flu this winter

With flu season around the corner, all early childhood education staff are encouraged to get flu vaccinations and to encourage parents to ensure their children are also vaccinated.

The 2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

For 15 years, the Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge has inspired children to read more and read widely, and is a fun way to develop children’s literacy skills.

Community Kinder Plus awarded for excellence

CKP have won the Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership award. The award celebrates an early childhood service that has supported its educators to use intentional teaching practices.

School readiness funding menu - call for submissions

Providers can nominate programs and supports that build the skills and capabilities of educators, parents and carers to support children’s development for the school readiness funding menu.

Two years of subsidised kindergarten for all Victorian children

In an Australian first, 15 hours of subsidised kindergarten programs for three-year-olds will be available to all Victorian families. Marking the most significant reform to kinder services in a generation.

Ensuring every child has the best start to life

The Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) has been refreshed to make sure that all children have rewarding experiences that pave the way for success at school and beyond.

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year – Nicole Bechaz

Early childhood teacher Nicole Bechaz has recently been recognised for her work providing opportunities for children beyond a traditional kindergarten program.

No Jab, No Play - New Year reminder

As we head into a new year, it’s important to remind parents of the strengthened No Jab, No Play requirement for them to keep immunisation records up to date at their early childhood service.

Little readers win Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Thousands of children and young people from across Victoria have devoured thousands of books over the past few months as part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge (PRC).

Community hubs are smoothing the way from kinder to school

The Step Into Kinder educational program is a particular focus at Dandenong PS to smooth the transition to school for parents and children alike.

Delta Road Preschool is in a flap over flock of native rosellas

It’s the “best day ever” at Delta Road Preschool in Watsonia, in Melbourne’s north-east. Children have seen some eastern rosellas soaring through the native trees surrounding the kinder.

Honouring an advocate of childhood education

"There are few social justice issues more vital than building a better life for all children, and a more prosperous nation." Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler

Prepare for summer, and thunderstorm asthma season

Important steps early childhood education and care services can take to ensure children are sunsmart and safe during this season.

Strengthened No Jab No Play regulations

Updated regulations mean early childhood education and care services need parents to provide updated immunisation history statements twice yearly.

New advice available for supporting children in out-of-home care

Advice on developing learning plans for children placed in out-of-home care is now available.

Education and occupation data collection

The Parental Education and Occupation details form has been updated to help services complete the annual confirmation process.