Every Victorian child deserves access to a preschool education

No child should miss out on two years of funded preschool

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What is the state of preschool education in Victoria?

Two years of early childhood education with a qualified preschool teacher sets up children for a life of learning. We need the federal Morrison government to commit to preschool funding beyond 2019.

Children will miss out

Federal funding for preschool runs out at the end of 2019. Without this support, the costs fall to parents and prohibitive fees mean too many kids miss out.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are most affected

Without federal support, the majority of children who miss out come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These are the kids who would benefit most from the education a qualified preschool teacher can provide.

Preschools funding is not secure

The federal Morrison government is refusing to fund three-year-old preschool and won’t commit to funding four-year-old preschool education beyond 2019. Without federal support, four-year-old kinder will be reduced to only 10 hours per week – a cut of one-third.

Our children deserve better

Give every child a chance

Every child deserves the chance to benefit from three and four-year-old preschool, regardless of their parents’ capacity to pay. The Andrews state government has committed to funding its share of early childhood education for every three and four-year-old in Victoria. But the federal Morrison government has refused to commit to providing its share beyond 2019. Victorians deserve secure, ongoing funding for preschool education.

Joanne - parent

“Preschool is such an important step in a child’s education. Children develop language, social skills and emotional intelligence in an environment that is safe and nurturing. So many children will miss out on life-long skills if they don’t have enough time in preschool education. 15 hours of preschool benefits children for life!”