Kinder funding a welcome boost

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Tara Murray

A new agreement between the state and the federal governments has been signed to ensure children in Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong have access to high-quality preschool options for four-year-olds.

The preschool reform accord confirms up to $ 514 million in Commonwealth funding for four-year-old kindergarten in Victoria from 2022 to 2025.

Acting Federal Education and Youth Minister Stuart Robert said the deal will ensure Victorian children have access to high-quality preschool options and are better prepared for their first year of school.

“This agreement means that every child in Victoria has the opportunity to attend at least 15 hours of preschool per week the year before starting school,” said Mr Robert.

“It is important to note that this funding is tied to further reforms, including improving preschool participation and developing an outcome measure, and will benefit all children regardless of school type.” preschool they attend. “

Victorian Early Years Minister Ingrid Stitt said the Commonwealth’s contribution would provide certainty of funding for parents, educators and the sector.

“The proof is clear: the more we invest in early childhood education, the better off the lives of Victorian children. We are proud to support their well-being, learning and development, ”said Ms. Stitt.

“This agreement maintains Commonwealth funding for the sector and, most importantly, will ensure that all Victorian children and their families are supported during these important years.”

The news is good news for the Victoria Municipal Association. MAV Presidential Advisor David Clark said the funding deal would benefit around 330,000 Victorian children over the next four years.

“This more stable approach to funding provides security for young families. This means that our boards – which provide kindergarten services – can do longer-term planning and provide

optimal service and support, ”said Cr Clark.

“The benefits of kindergarten last a lifetime. All Victorian children deserve a quality early education to give them the best start in life. We know that kindergarten children enjoy a happier school transition and do better academically.

“MAV is proud to have campaigned so hard for this funding and today’s announcement is a welcome step forward from the short-term approach that has dominated the past 10 years of kinder funding. “

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