Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten
The Victorian Government recently announced the Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten initiative. The Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program will allow kindergartens and long day care centres offering a three-year-old kinder program to access 5 hours of a funded kindergarten program each week. In future years, the number of funded kindergarten hours are scheduled to increase.
Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being rolled-out across the state in stages, with some regional Victorian kindergartens receiving the funding in 2021, followed by the rest of the state in 2022.
The Benefits of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten
Three-Year-Old kindergarten funding has been introduced to reflect evidence that shows:
- Play-based learning, offered within a kindergarten environment, is a powerful way to support children’s development;
- Two years are better than one when it comes to formal early learning; and
- A quality kindergarten program will have more of an impact for children who start at age 3, rather than 4.
Three-Year-Old Kindergarten at Explorers Early Learning
At Explorers Early Learning, we offer a full day of education and care for our three-year-old children, where our qualified teacher-led kindergarten program is integrated with additional hours of education and care.
Commencing in 2022, we are pleased to announce that Explorers will introduce the Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten initiative at our Centres. This means that families with a child enrolled in our three-year-old kindergarten program will benefit from a dedicated kinder educator. The funding will be paid directly to Explorers to employ the educator for the 3 year-old Kinder children.
We have prepared some commonly asked questions below:
The Funded Kinder program has been introduced to encourage children to attend three-year-old kindergarten. Evidence shows that a child who attends two years of a quality kindergarten program has development supported through play-based learning, and these benefits last into the school years and beyond.
The Funded Kinder program will commence in 2022, in line with the government roll-out of the program to metropolitan Melbourne.
Yes, all families with a child enrolled in Explorers’ three-year-old kinder program will benefit from Funded Kinder through the provision of a dedicated three-year-old kinder educator.
No, your Child Care Subsidy payments will not be impacted by the Funded Kinder program.
Explorers will provide families with more information about the Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program towards the end of this year, in advance of the program commencing in 2022.
Alternatively, visit the Victorian Government website to learn more about Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten: www.education.vic.gov.au/3YOkinder .