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Subsidised kinder for three-year-olds is on the way

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Warrnambool is getting ready for the arrival of a funded kindergarten program for three-year-olds.

From 2022 the Victorian Government will subsidise a kindergarten program for all three-year-old children in Victoria. 

“This is a great step forward in the lifelong learning journey,” Warrnambool Mayor Vicki Jellie said.

“While some kinders have been offering a fee-based program for three-year-olds we now offering for the first time a subsidised year of play-based learning, led by a teacher, added to Victorian children’s education.

“We know how critical early childhood learning is to outcomes in later life so to have the extra year embedded in the kindergarten system and available to every three-year-old is wonderful”. 

The Victorian Government is driving the staged rollout of the three-year-old kindergarten program which began in 2020 with a small number of municipalities.

The program was expanded this year and in 2022 a three-year-old kindergarten program will be available across all Victorian municipalities, including Warrnambool.

This means that in 2022 all three-year-old children in Victoria will have access to five hours in a kindergarten program led by a teacher. This will increase to 15 hours per week by 2029.

In June 2021 Council will start taking enrolments for five hours of funded three-year-old kinder for the 2022 year across its kindergarten facilities. 

“To ensure we provide a three-year-old kindergarten program that meets the community’s needs we’re seeking input from the community and staff to help determine sites, models and resourcing over the next year,” Cr Jellie said.

“We’re asking people who have a child or children eligible to attend three-year-old kindergarten in coming years to complete a survey.

“It’s a short survey that won’t take long to complete and will help us to establish an accessible and efficient program for our three-year-olds, their parents and carers.”

To have your say on the kindergarten program for three-year-olds go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au

To learn more about the three-year-old kindergarten program go to www.vic.gov.au/three-year-old-kindergarten-victorians

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