Every child deserves access to two years of preschool delivered by qualified teachers and educators.
No child should be left behind.
What is the state of preschool education in Victoria?
The Victorian government announced the introduction of fee-free 15 hours of funded three-year-old kindergarten and the expansion of fully funded four-year-old provision to 30 hours per week for all children. This ambitious and much needed agenda will require at least 11,000 additional teachers and 5,500 educators over the coming decade.
Universal and fee-free access to two years of funded preschool
After decades of campaigning by early childhood teachers, educators, parents and supporters, the Victorian government has introduced 15 hours of fee-free three-year-old kindergarten and announced the expansion of fully funded four-year-old provision to 30 hours per week over the coming decade. This investment must be directly supported by the federal government so that all children can access two years of funded preschool now and into the future.
Those most in need of preschool education still missing out
The majority of children who miss out on preschool come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These are the children who benefit most from the education a qualified preschool teacher and educator can provide. All children deserve the best early years education we can provide.
Qualified teachers & educators needed for every child
Victoria’s positive agenda for early childhood education will require at least 11,000 additional teachers and 5,500 educators over the coming decade. The Victorian government must develop an ambitious strategy for attracting and retaining qualified staff across the early childhood sector.
The Victorian government has committed to funded fee-free kindergarten for all three and four-year-olds.
Now it must invest in developing a qualified workforce to meet the demand and ensure every child has access to high-quality early years learning.
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