The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more families to find a kindergarten place outside of the normal enrolment period.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited Morwell’s Mid Valley Kinder and Child Care to announce an extension of the pre-purchased places pilot program, securing at least 450 kindergarten places in 2017 at 170 services across Victoria.
The Government purchases and reserves places for children who may miss out on a kindergarten program. Pre-purchased places help disadvantaged children access kindergarten at no cost to families and carers.
One in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children miss out on kindergarten in the year before school.
Recently arrived migrants and refugees without stable employment and housing also face challenges in accessing kindergarten places.
The program is changing people’s lives for the better by supporting more than 400 children and families find a kindergarten where they need it.
It aims to help overcome barriers to participation in kindergarten such as enrolling late, moving into new areas, or being cared for out of home.
In 2016, four places were reserved at Mid Valley Kinder and Child Care, allowing families new to the area to access and continue their children’s valuable early education.
Nearly 50 children in the Inner Gippsland Area have benefited from this program.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“Early childhood services and kindergarten make a huge difference to children’s lives – they’re one of the most powerful ways to set up children to succeed.”
“Victoria has a high kindergarten participation rate – but we can do more. We’ll keep working until all Victorian children are getting the benefits of a high-quality early education.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on the things that matter most to people by giving Victorian children the best start in life.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020