Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes joined early childhood staff, children and families at Nagambie Preschool and Childcare Centre recently to mark the start of funded universal three-year-old kindergarten.
Thirty-six kindergarten services across the six local government areas of Strathbogie, South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, and Yarriambiack will deliver up to 15 hours each week of programs for three-year-olds led by a teacher in 2020.
Three-year-old kindergarten will roll out progressively, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs to benefit in 2021.
This will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15 hour program by 2029.
At full roll-out, an estimated 90 000 children each year will be receiving the educational boost.