Kindergarten funding rates 2021

Kindergarten providers can find which funding rates table is applicable to them by identifying whether they have opted in to Free Kinder or not and whether they operate under either of the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers' and Educators' Agreement 2020 (VECTEA) and the Early Education Employees' Agreement 2020 (EEEA) or not.

Table 1 – Services that are signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA) and opt-in to Free Kinder

2021

2021
(paid after EAs finalised, backdated to Jan 21)

Per capita – EA services1
Standard per capita – EA services$3,774$3,931
Rural per capita – EA services$4,667$4,860
Rural kindergarten funding
1-18 enrolments $84,006
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)
$87,480
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,860 per child)
19-45 enrolmentsEach enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child) Each enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,860 per child)
46 or more enrolmentsThe rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,774 per child)
The rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,931 per child)
Free Kinder
Sessional enrolments$2,122

Not applicable

 

Integrated enrolments$2,000
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy2
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy$0Not applicable
Early Start Kindergarten and Access to Early Learning3
ESK Standard$5,928$6,085
ESK Rural$6,831$7,024
Ratio Supplement4
Ratio Supplement – Standard$496$517
Ratio Supplement – KFS2$0Not applicable
Ratio Supplement – ESK5$496$517
Early Childhood Teacher Supplement
Standard rate – Level 2.3$97Not applicable
Standard rate – Level 2.4$167
Standard rate – Level 2.5$255
Rural rate – Level 2.3$122
Rural rate – Level 2.4$207
Rural rate – Level 2.5$317
Standard rate – Level 3$639
Rural rate – Level 3$792
Pre-Purchased Places
Pre-Purchased Places$5,896$6,053


1. Services that are signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements are services that will sign the new Victorian Early Childhood Teachers' and Educators' Agreement (VECTEA) or the Early Education Employees' Agreement (EEEA).

2. Services that opt-in to Free Kinder will not be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS) or the KFS Ratio Supplement, as these payments are included in the Free Kinder funding rate.

3. ESK Extension will be paid at the Free Kinder rate

4. Ratio supplement funding commenced 1 January 2016 and is paid per child to any service eligible for standard or rural per capita funding offering sessional programs with groups of 23 or more at the required teacher child ratio of 1:11 that do not attract Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy. Long day care services and services managed by non-government schools are not eligible for the ratio supplement.

For the purpose of kindergarten funding, a group is defined as children attending a kindergarten session at the same time in a room with a qualified early childhood teacher. The number of children in each group should not exceed 33 children at any one time. In the case of rotational programs, a number of smaller subgroups may be brought together to create a larger group as defined above.

5. The ESK ratio supplement will be paid at a rate equivalent to the Standard Ratio Supplement as a proportion of the ESK Ratio Supplement is included in the Free Kinder funding rate. 

The same rates apply to funded three-year-old and four-year-old enrolments in programs of 15 hours per week. For services in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out areas and delivering a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program between five and 15 hours, child level funding will be provided on a prorated basis. For example, a kindergarten delivering a ten hour Three-Year-old Kindergarten program will receive two thirds of the applicable rate of funding available.

Table 2 – Services that are signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA) and do not opt-in to Free Kinder

2021

2021
(paid after EAs finalised, backdated to Jan 21)

Per capita – EA services1 
Standard per capita – EA services$3,774$3,931
Rural per capita – EA services$4,667$4,860
Rural kindergarten funding
1-18 enrolments $84,006
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)
$87,480
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,860 per child)
19-45 enrolmentsEach enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child) Each enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,860 per child)
46 or more enrolmentsThe rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,774 per child)
The rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,931 per child)
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy$1,591$1,657
Early Start Kindergarten and Access to Early Learning2
ESK Standard$5,928$6,085
ESK Rural$6,831$7,024
ESK Extension $1,591$1,657
Ratio Supplement
Ratio Supplement – Standard$496$517
Ratio Supplement – KFS$267$278
Ratio Supplement – ESK3$496$517
Early Childhood Teacher Supplement
Standard rate – Level 2.3$97Not applicable
Standard rate – Level 2.4$167
Standard rate – Level 2.5$255
Rural rate – Level 2.3$122
Rural rate – Level 2.4$207
Rural rate – Level 2.5$317
Standard rate – Level 3$639
Rural rate – Level 3$792
Pre-Purchased Places
Pre-Purchased Places$5,365$5,588

 

1. Services that are signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements are services that will sign the new Victorian Early Childhood Teachers' and Educators' Agreement (VECTEA) or the Early Education Employees' Agreement (EEEA).

2.ESK Standard and Rural enrolments will be funded at the same rate, regardless of whether a service opts-in to Free Kinder or not.

3.The ESK ratio supplement will be paid at a rate equivalent to the Standard Ratio Supplement as a proportion of the ESK Ratio Supplement is included in the Free Kinder funding rate. 

The same rates apply to funded three-year-old and four-year-old enrolments in programs of 15 hours per week. For services in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out areas and delivering a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program between five and 15 hours, child level funding will be provided on a prorated basis. For example, a kindergarten delivering a ten hour Three-Year-old Kindergarten program will receive two thirds of the applicable rate of funding available.

Table 3 – Services that are not signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA) and opt-in to Free Kinder

2021

2021
(paid after EAs finalised, backdated to Jan 21)

Per capita – Non-EA services  
Standard per capita – non-EA services$3,774

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Rural per capita – non-EA services$4,667
Independent schools Standard1$3,774
Independent schools Type 1$615
Independent schools Type 2$1,995
Rural kindergarten funding  
1-18 enrolments $84,006
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)

Not applicable

 

19-45 enrolmentsEach enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)
46 or more enrolmentsThe rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,774 per child)
Free Kinder  
Sessional enrolments$2,122

Not applicable

 

Integrated enrolments$2,000
Top-up for Type 2 sessional non-government school operated kindergarten services$1,779
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy2  
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy$0Not applicable
Early Start Kindergarten and Access to Early Learning3  
ESK Standard$5,928$6,085
ESK Rural$6,831$7,024
Ratio Supplement  
Ratio Supplement – Standard$496$517
Ratio Supplement – KFS2$0Not applicable
Ratio Supplement – ESK4$496$517
Pre-Purchased Places  
Pre-Purchased Places5$5,896$6,053

 

1.From 2019, non-government school kindergarten services in the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) 1 will receive the standard per capita rate.  SEIFA is a measure of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.  SEIFA 1 is an area of highest relative disadvantage.

2. Services that opt-in to Free Kinder will not be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS) or the KFS Ratio Supplement, as these payments are included in the Free Kinder funding rate.

3.ESK Extension will be paid at the Free Kinder rate

4. The ESK ratio supplement will be paid at a rate equivalent to the Standard Ratio Supplement as a proportion of the ESK Ratio Supplement is included in the Free Kinder funding rate. 

5. All PPP enrolments will be funded at the EA rate.

The same rates apply to funded three-year-old and four-year-old enrolments in programs of 15 hours per week. For services in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out areas and delivering a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program between five and 15 hours, child level funding will be provided on a prorated basis. For example, a kindergarten delivering a ten hour Three-Year-old Kindergarten program will receive two thirds of the applicable rate of funding available.

Table 4 – Services that are not signatories to the Early Childhood Enterprise Agreements (EA) and do not opt-in to Free Kinder

2021

2021
(paid after EAs finalised, backdated to Jan 21)

Per capita - Non-EA services
Standard per capita – non-EA services$3,774

 

Not applicable

 

 

 

Rural per capita – non-EA services$4,667
Independent schools Standard1$3,774
Independent schools Type 1$615
Independent schools Type 2$1,995
Rural kindergarten funding
1-18 enrolments $84,006
Base funding equivalent to 18 enrolments at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)

Not applicable

 

19-45 enrolmentsEach enrolment is funded at the rural per capita rate ($4,667 per child)
46 or more enrolmentsThe rural per capita rate is paid for 45 enrolments
The 46th enrolment and above are funded at the standard per capita rate ($3,774 per child)
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy $1,591$1,657
Early Start Kindergarten and Access to Early Learning2
ESK Standard$5,928$6,085
ESK Rural$6,831$7,024
ESK Extension $1,591$1,657
Ratio Supplement
Ratio Supplement – Standard$496$517
Ratio Supplement – KFS$267$278
Ratio Supplement – ESK3$496$517
Pre-Purchased Places4
Pre-Purchased Places$5,365$5,588

 

1.From 2019, non-government school kindergarten services in the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) 1 will receive the standard per capita rate.  SEIFA is a measure of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.  SEIFA 1 is an area of highest relative disadvantage.

2. ESK Standard and Rural enrolments will be funded at the same rate, regardless of whether a service opts-in to Free Kinder or not.

3. The ESK ratio supplement will be paid at a rate equivalent to the Standard Ratio Supplement as a proportion of the ESK Ratio Supplement is included in the Free Kinder funding rate. 

4. All PPP enrolments will be funded at the EA rate.

The same rates apply to funded three-year-old and four-year-old enrolments in programs of 15 hours per week. For services in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out areas and delivering a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program between five and 15 hours, child level funding will be provided on a prorated basis. For example, a kindergarten delivering a ten hour Three-Year-old Kindergarten program will receive two thirds of the applicable rate of funding available.

Table 5 – Travel allowance

  2021
Travel allowance$0.76

 

 

 

Table 6 – Early Years Management

  July-December 2021 (pro-rata based on a 12 month rate) January-December 2022
Annual grant: sessional kindergarten services$15,400$15,400
Annual grant: long day care services$10,965$10,965
Additional support loading (for sessional services in rural and/or disadvantaged services)$3,500$3,600
Start-up grant (100% of annual grant depending on service type)$15,400 / $10,965$15,400 / $10,965
Transition grant (100% of annual grant, depending on service type)$15,400 / $10,965$15,400 / $10,965
New provider grant (for newly established and approved Early Years Management organisations)Up to $75,000Up to $75,000


From 1 January 2022 EYM funding will move from a financial year to calendar year payment cycle.