The State Government of Victoria has announced compulsory Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out beginning in 2020.
"To dream big, our kids need the best start in life. It's why the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This will create over 6,000 new teaching jobs across the state. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Best start, best life."
What Three-Year-Old Kindergarten means for Victoria
The Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten a week.
The largest social, economic and educational reform in Early Childhood Education in Victoria’s history will bring new opportunities.
Currently, kindergarten programs for three-year-olds in cost families in Victroia around $5,000 a year for 15 hours a week. Some families can’t afford sending their kids to kindergarten.
With the introduction of the reform, around one quarter of Victorian families will pay nothing for sessional kindergartens.
For families with a higher income, the Victorian Government will cover around two-thirds of the kindergarten costs.
The Victorian government invests $881.6 million in the roll-out of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programme and it invests $92.4 million to support the early childhood workforce through more professional development, mentoring and financial support so children have access to highly trained teachers and educators.
Benefits for Victoria
Investment in early childhood education has significant social and economic benefits.
“For every $1 invested in early childhood education, Australia receives $2 back over a child's life - through higher productivity and earning capacity, and reduced government spending on health, welfare and crime.”
(Source: https://www.vic.gov.au/three-year-old-kindergarten-victorians, Reference: A Smart Investment for a Smarter Australia, PricewaterhouseCoopers & The Front Project)
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