Early childhood education is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning. The Victorian Government is reforming early learning to give every Victorian child an extra year of kindergarten. This
means another year of learning, playing and making friends.
Evidence shows that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning. Children who start kindergarten at the age of three gain academic and social benefits that last into their school years and beyond.
Until now, kindergarten has only been funded for children at the age of four.
The Victorian Government has committed to changing that with an almost $5 billion commitment over the decade to fund kindergarten for three-year-olds.
This is the largest investment in early childhood education in Victoria's history.
in six local government areas are now able to access up to 15 hours of funded
kindergarten each week. From 2022, every three-year-old across the state will have access to at least five hours of funded kindergarten each week. That increases to 15 hours a week by 2029.
The role for the Victorian School Building Authority in these reforms is to support the building and expansion of early learning facilities across the state to make sure three-year-old children have the infrastructure they need to attend kindergarten. This includes ensuring that kindergartens are located on, or nearby, the grounds of all new primary schools that open from 2021 – making the transition easier for many children, and the drop-off simpler for their parents.
The 2019-20 State Budget invested a record $473.2 million in early childhood infrastructure, which includes:
Visit the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten web page for further information.
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