The Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over ten years so that children across the state will have access to two years of funded kindergarten programs.
This means that an extra year of play-based learning will be added to Victorian children’s education. The learning is led by a teacher.
Victoria will be the first state or territory in Australia to introduce funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten for all children. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending. This helps keep your fees low.
Research shows that quality play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning and development. The benefits last into the school years and beyond.
Evidence also shows that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning. Taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age leads to positive effects on child development. It has even greater benefits for children who need extra support or are in vulnerable circumstances.