Kindergarten funding

​​​Funding to improve service delivery, identify vulnerable children and promote participation, particularly among children with a disability and Aboriginal communities. Rolling out in stages, funding will also be available to deliver kindergarten programs for three-year-olds.

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.​​

Free kindergarten for 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.

Kindergarten funding guide

The guide is designed to assist services that provide kindergarten programs and currently receive or wish to apply for funding from the Department.

Kindergarten funding rates

An overview of per capita, specific and supplemental funding available in 2020.

Early childhood teacher validation process

Application process for validation arrangements for early childhood teachers.

Priority of Access criteria

Criteria that must be applied when more eligible children apply for a place at a kindergarten service than there are places available