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Young people and families

Young people and families

Universal access to 15 hours of Kindergarten

The Federal Government urgently needs to ensure that every child in Australia has universal access to 15 hours of kindergarten per week in the year before they are due to start primary school. Early childhood education is critical for all children - it transcends disadvantage and gives children a greater chance of success in life.

Investment sought

  • Federal Government funding of five hours of kindergarten per week for every child.
    We seek a long term commitment from the Federal Government to fund five hours of four year old kindergarten per week for every child in the year before they start primary school. This will mean that each child has universal access to attend a total of 15 hours of kindergarten every week during this period.
  • $100 million will otherwise be cut from Victorian kindergartens.
    If the National Partnership Agreement ends Victorian kindergartens will miss out on annual funding of $100 million from the Federal Government and result in every kindergarten child losing the equivalent of one day of funded kindergarten per week.