Have your say on Victoria’s early childhood reforms

The Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan was released in 2017 and outlines the Victorian Government's vision for early childhood, and the reforms that will help create a high quality, more equitable and inclusive early childhood system.

The Early Childhood Strategic Evaluation is now taking place to examine the major reforms released as part of this plan. Educators, maternal and child health (MCH) practitioners, supported playgroup leaders and allied health practitioners are invited to share their feedback on the benefits and challenges of the key reforms via an online survey.

An invitation to complete the survey will be given to staff via their service provider in early August so please keep a look out for this. We are asking for the survey to be completed during August with ACIL Allen Consulting engaged to carry out the evaluation.

A short online survey will be provided to selected sites and services involved in the following six focus reforms:

  1. School Readiness Funding – providing additional resourcing to kindergartens based on children's levels of need
  2. Expansion of Learning Places – development of Department regional staff to support the implementation of reform activities
  3. Improving Kindergarten Quality Program – increasing support for all services with a kindergarten program to improve their quality
  4. Expanding access to the Enhanced MCH Service to 15 per cent of families until their child turns three
  5. Providing an additional MCH family violence visit for women and children experiencing, or at risk of, family violence
  6. Expanding Supported Playgroups across the State providing more support for parenting, including expansion of Supported Playgroups so more are available and in every local government area.

The survey is an important part of broader consultation activities which will also involve interviews with parents, case studies of reform implementation across a sample of eight Victorian communities and engagement of Victoria's peak early childhood bodies.