JUST ANNOUNCED: record funding for early childhood infrastucture
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 additional 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 $123.6 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 Capital Program
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