Free Kinder FAQs

Free Kinder
The Free Kinder initiative was introduced this year through funding from the 2020-2021 Victorian Budget. As an approved, funded Four-year-old Kinder provider, Explorers Early Learning is taking part in the Free Kinder program in 2021.

Free Kinder helps families save around $2,000 for each child enrolled in the Four-year-old Kinder program at Explorers Early Learning.

How the funding works?
Explorers Early Learning receive a Free Kinder payment of $2,000 per child to help cover fees that families would usually pay. This $2,000 is applied across 40 weeks of the Victoria school year, to reduce families’ childcare fees.

If a child attends the Explorers Four-year-old program and an external, sessional kindergarten, the Free Kinder funding is only available at the service where a child receives their funded kindergarten program. Families’ cannot receive the benefit twice.

More Information
We have prepared some commonly asked questions below

Free Kinder will save your family up to $2,000 for each child enrolled in the Explorers Early Learning 4-year-old Kinder program in 2021, to help cover the fees that you would usually pay.

The $2,000 Free Kinder payment is intended to improve affordability for all families who have a child attending a 4-year-old Kindergarten program at Explorers Early Learning, regardless of the amount of fees that families pay.   

Yes, all families with a child enrolled in the Explorers 4-year-old Kinder program are eligible to receive the Free Kinder funding. The saving is for a full 15-hour program over 40 weeks.

Each child enrolled in the Explorers 4-year-old Kinder program will receive $2,000 to directly offset your childcare fees, paid across the 2021 Kinder year.

No, the payments will be made to Explorers Early Learning, then we will credit $50 per week to your account, for a total of 40 weeks, to reduce your childcare fees.

Your Child Care Subsidy payments will not be impacted by the Free Kinder funding.

The Free Kinder payments will reduce your childcare fees, with $50 per child per week credited to your account, across a total of 40-weeks.

No, you need to nominate where you want to receive the Free Kinder funding – families cannot receive the benefit twice. Normally you will receive your Free Kinder funding at the service where your child receives their funded kindergarten program

The Free Kinder initiative is only for 2021

If you would like to know more about Free Kinder and how it applies to the Four-year-old Kinder program offered at Explorers Early Learning, please contact us.

Alternatively, visit the Victoria State Government, Education and Training website: Free Kinder: information for parents and carers.