Free kinder

​Free kinder in 2021

Kindergarten programs for four-year-olds and eligible three-year-old children in Victorian Government funded services will be free in 2021 as part of a $169.6 million investment in early childhood education in the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget.

This investment will save families around $2,000 for each child enrolled in a participating funded kindergarten program in 2021.

Families with children enrolled in kindergarten programs at a long day care centre will also benefit from a saving of around $2,000 in fees.

Under this commitment, subsidies will be offered to early childhood services providing funded kindergarten programs.

Unfunded three-year-old programs in sessional kindergartens will also attract funding to help reduce fees for families.

Around 4,700 teachers and 6,300 educators work in funded kindergarten programs in Victoria. This initiative will give these workers more job security. It will also support those who operate these services – including local government, community and parent groups, and businesses. 

This offering is in addition to all regular Victorian Government kindergarten funding and the roll-out of universal, funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, which will be available across the state by 2022.

Payment information for services

Payments will be made to service providers delivering a funded kindergarten, not directly to families.

This will enable participating sessional kindergarten services to offer a free 15 hour kindergarten program and long day care services to provide a reduction in fees of around $2,000.

Further information will be provided as soon as possible, including the exact funding amounts, the terms and conditions and the process for accepting the funding offer.

More outside school hours care (OSHC) services

The Victorian Government will also invest $81.6 million to support up to 400 new OSHC services at government schools by 2024.

Grants of up to $75,000 will be available to establish the new programs, which will support both government and non-government school students.

Funding will help establish new services, providing support for costs for program management, employment of educators, resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport.

More information

Families should contact their kindergarten service or provider (including long day care) for more information.

Early childhood education and care services requiring further information should contact kindergarten.funding@edumail.vic.gov.au

Schools or providers requiring further information about OSHC should contact Youth.Participation@education.vic.gov.au