Local families will now have more information on which kindergartens are offering Victorian Government approved and funded kinder programs.
Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas was pleased to announce the Kinder Tick initiative at Regans Road Kindergarten in Hampton Park on 9 March 2021.
Kindergartens with the Kinder Tick will provide a program led by a qualified teacher with children benefiting from play based learning, and it’s funded and approved by the Victorian Government with compliance with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.
The Kinder Tick logo will be displayed at eligible local early childhood education and care services, on the service’s building or grounds, and on their website or in their information materials.
In 2022, children across the whole state will have access to at least five hours of funded Three-Year-Old kindergarten. The Kinder Tick is an important part of the Andrews Government’s near $5 billion decade long plan to implement funded three year old kindergarten which will create up to 6,000 new jobs in the early learning sector.
Kindergarten programs for four-year-olds and eligible three-year-old children in Victorian Government funded services will be free in 2021 as part of a $169.6 million investment in early childhood education in the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget, saving the average family around $2,000 per child, and will benefit up to 100,000 families across the state.
More information on the Kinder Tick initiative is available at www.vic.gov.au/kindertick
Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas
“This program will mean that families will just have to look for the Kinder Tick to know that they’re sending their child to a government funded and approved program that’ll support their development.”
“Early childhood education is so important for a good start in life, and I’m proud to be a part of a government which recognises and invests so much in kindergarten services and programs.”
“Narre Warren South is a growing community with more and more young families making it their home, and I know that funding three year old kinder will be a welcome boost for many local households.”
10 March 2021