Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why this year’s 2019/20 State Budget is continuing to invest in supporting our youngest learners and making kindergartens more accessible.
This year’s budget will continue to make sure that every Victorian Child has access to a high-quality kindergarten by investing in more inclusive facilities and funding for children with a disability or additional needs.
This includes a $6 million investment to upgrade buildings, playgrounds and equipment so more children can participate in their local kindergarten.
The Kindergarten Inclusion Support program will also assist children with significant disability or complex needs.
The budget is also proving $3.4 million to continue Early Childhood Intervention Services in 2019/20.
This will support around 120 children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry who are ineligible for the NDIS.
A $24.1 million investment will allow work to start on the Child Link Register, which will improve information sharing between key professionals responsible for the wellbeing and safety of children.
To ensure the growing demand for four-year-old kindergarten is meet, the budget is investing $49.7 million to continue the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy, Early Start Kindergarten, Early Childhood Teacher Supplement and Ratio Supplement programs.
The budget also invests in critical compliance and regulation functions for the early childhood education and care sector.