Children playing in a kindergarten playground

​Just announced: record funding for early childhood infrastructure

Thousands more children will be able to attend kindergarten, with almost $43 million to build, upgrade and improve early learning facilities across Victoria, announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. The addit​ional funding will be run through this program.

Applications are now open for the 2018-19 grants round.  For further information, including the program guidelines and how to apply, please see the Department of Education and Training page: 
Children's Facilities Capital Program​ ​​​ 

The Victorian Government is committed to providing high quality early years programs to give every child the best start in life.​

In the 2015-16 State Budget the Government, through the Children's Facilities Capital Program, committed $50 million between 2015-19 to support local governments and other service providers to invest in early childhood infrastructure. An additional $10 million was committed in the 2016-17 State Budget to address early years demand in high growth areas. The 2017-18 State Budget provided a further $10 million to establish new early childhood services on government school sites, so that more families can benefit from early childhood services co-located with schools and children can enjoy a more stable transition from kindergarten to school.

The recent announcement of a further $43 million makes a total of $126.3 million invested in early years infrastructure over 4 years. 

Families deserve a choice of flexible, accessible and affordable early childhood education and care services, including kindergarten programs delivered in a range of settings, alongside other key services such as Maternal and Child Health, early childhood intervention services, playgroups and family services.

​Each year there are two grant rounds, Minor Grants and Major Grants. To find out more about these rounds, see:

For further information, please see the Department of Education and Training page:
Children's Facilities Cap​ital Program  

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