Kindergarten funding

​​​Funding to improve service delivery, identify vulnerable children and promote participation, particularly among children with a disability and Aboriginal communities.

Kinder funding guideFor information on how funding is granted, see: Kindergarten Funding Guide

For rates, see: Kindergarten Funding Rates

The Victorian government is committed to ensuring all eligible children can access kindergarten programs delivered by qualified early childhood teachers and educators in the year before school, and supporting families to understand and engage in children’s learning.​

Three year old subsidised kinder​

From 2020, Victoria will be introducing a play-based, teacher-led kindergarten program for all three-year-olds.

This will be the most significant reform within the Victorian early childhood sector in a generation, and this will be supported by a $5 billion investment over ten years. 

The Victorian government will be investing $1.68 billion over a decade to build or expand nearly 1,000 kindergartens and early learning centres.

The government will also be investing in the early childhood workforce​ to increase the number of teachers and educators, and to provide support and professional development for existing workers.

The Free TAFE initiative will be expanded to include the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

A consultative committee with members from across the sector will be brought together to advise on key elements of the initiative’s implementation. 

We will be working closely with local government, service providers, peak bodies and unions during the roll-out periods and t effectively support the work of teachers and educators. 

In early 2019, there will be more information about how we will be developing our roll-out plan in consultation with the sector.

For more information, please contact your local Department office​.