Kinder funding boost to enhance school readiness

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A funding boost for early childhood education services has been announced by the Victorian Government to help support school readiness for children in kinder during term 4.

It has been a tough year for many families and early childhood services, with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in personal challenges, centre closures, employment uncertainty, job losses and more.

Parents and educators have worked hard to keep children learning through play even when early childhood education and care services were not accessible, so this new funding will provide much-needed assistance.

Kinder funding boost

Supporting families and services with the kinder funding boost

Early childhood education’s vital role in communities is recognised and bolstered by the Government’s announcement of $26.7 million in extra funding for Term 4. This is intended to ensure kindergartens have the resources needed to maximise school readiness for children.

Services have worked hard to support families and staff throughout the year and have put immense effort into COVIDSafe plans to ensure safe access to early childhood services for all families and educators. Around 1,700 kindergartens will share in over $3.7 million committed to early childhood education and care service for Term 4 this year.

Kinder funding boost to support school readiness

Similarly, eligible early childhood education services will have access to School Readiness Funding. Transitioning from kindergarten to school is a momentous time in a child’s life. School Readiness Funding has been implemented to support educators in equipping children for this transition to formal schooling.

This school readiness initiative enables services in Victoria offering a funded kindergarten program to access funding for a range of approved programs from the School Readiness Funding menu that have been proven to enhance children’s school readiness.

Whether your service is a funded kindergarten program only or a long day care centre with a funded kindergarten program, you will be eligible to receive the school readiness funding. The Department should contact your service to let you know what your funding allocation will be and when you can access it. Program offerings under the School Readiness Funding include:

  • programs and services that target speech, language and literacy
  • allied health (speech therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists)
  • programs and services that support trauma informed practice, secure attachment and mental health
  • resources and programs to support the social and emotional wellbeing of children
  • support for cultural and linguistically diverse children and families
  • support for parents to support their child’s development.

When choosing how to spend your funding allocation, take care to consider the needs and gaps in your kindergarten program.

What the kinder funding boost means for your service

The funding for Victorian kindergarten programs will allow them to create more service hours, additional educator hours for extra transition activities, facilitate more one-on-one time with children and other case-by-case needs that will improve children’s readiness to start primary school. Services don’t need to apply for these kinder funding initiatives and will receive communication of their entitlements.

The challenges of this year have the potential to bring about setbacks for children’s learning and development, including repercussions well into the future for children’s education. Thankfully, these funding initiatives for kindergartens across Victoria recognise these challenges and seek to help children make up for lost time in 2020 and continue to thrive at kindergarten and well into their formal years of primary school and beyond.

For more information about the funding boost for not-for-profit sessional kindergarten programs, head here. To find out when your region can expect School Readiness Funding, click here.

See the full media release in regard to Term 4 kindergarten funding in Victoria here.

At Practical Outcomes we are committed to our work supporting the meaningful and important work undertaken by the early childhood education and care sector. We look forward to seeing Victoria’s kindergartens flourish with the additional support of this kinder funding boost.


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