Kindergarten funding campaign

Kindergarten gives our kids the best start at a critical time in their development and helps to prepare them for their formal schooling years.

For this reason, the National Partnership Agreement with the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments for funding universal access to 15 hours of kindergarten a week for four year-olds is vital to all Victorian families.

This Agreement ensures that the Victorian Government contributes two thirds of the funding required for the 15 hours of preschool, with the Commonwealth Government contributing one third of funding.

Funding has only been committed by the Commonwealth Government until the end of 2019, with uncertainty around how the five hours will be funded beyond that date.

Parents cannot afford to pay increased fees – the government must commit to long-term funding to ensure children don’t miss out on receiving 15 hours of kindergarten.

Community impacts

  • Our kids could lose five hours of funded kinder a week at a vital stage of their development
  • Parents who can’t afford the extra child care will find it harder to return to work
  • Working families could face up to $2,000 extra per year per child in child care costs, even after the child care subsidies, if they’re forced to fund an extra day of child care each week
  • At a time when Victorian families already struggle with the rising costs of childcare and school, any Federal Government funding cut would further disadvantage the kids who need kindergarten education the most.

Councils’ role

Local government voluntarily invests significant funds and resources towards kindergarten provision – councils own the majority of facilities, are a major service planner and provider, and offer subsidies and other assistance for kinder programs.

Of Victoria’s 1,320 community-based kindergartens, at least 1,094 (83 per cent) operate from council-owned buildings.

What you can do

1. Join the I Love Kinder campaign:

If you love kinder, share the love and join the campaign for ongoing Federal Government funding:

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2. Send a message that funding kindergarten is important to your family by writing to your local Federal MP or the Prime Minister.

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