Around 800 kindergartens receiving funding in 2020 have been advised of their School Readiness Funding amounts to support children to improve their language development and social and emotional wellbeing.
The Victorian Government's $160 million investment in School Readiness Funding will benefit more than 28,000 children through programs and additional resources in 2020. This Australian-first initiative is a permanent part of the kindergarten system that will be available to all Victorian funded kindergarten services by 2021 to address educational disadvantage.
Kindergarten services in 32 local government areas will receive the funding in 2020, including funded kindergarten services run by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. Services in Hume, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Moreland, Murrindindi and Strathbogie will receive this funding for the first time.
A small number of services will receive more than $200,000 extra per year based on the needs of the children at the service, with others receiving an extra $1,000 per year.
School Readiness Funding funds programs and supports that benefit all children, and builds the knowledge and skills of educators and families in the priority areas of:
- communication (language development)
- wellbeing (social and emotional development)
- access and inclusion.
Want to know more?
Watch the two videos below to see how two kindergartens have used their School Readiness Funding to benefit children and families.
For more information about School Readiness Funding, including the menu of evidence-informed programs and supports referred to in the video, visit the Department's website.