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Free Kinder For Families Through Coronavirus

All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3, and children will be supported to learn from home thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an extension..

Keeping Sessional Kinder Fees Low For Term 3

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the..

Consultation Open On New Mallacoota Kindergarten

The local Mallacoota community are invited to have their say on the new kindergarten after the old building suffered significant damage during the bushfires. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today opened community consultation to find out what the..

Awards Recognise Victoria’s Early Years Professionals

Victorians are encouraged to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals in improving the lives of young children by nominating an individual or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced nominations for this year’s awards are open,..

New Technology And Better Facilities For Victorian Kinders

The Victorian Government is helping kinders across the state upgrade their facilities and purchase the latest technology ahead of the roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications under the $27.7 million Building Blocks program, with grants available to..

Free Cleaning Grants For Kinders

The Victorian Government is supporting kindergarten services during the coronavirus pandemic with new funding grants available to help with cleaning and hygiene costs in Term 2. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced $2.6 million in grants would be made available for all early childhood..

Universal Three-Year-Old Kinder Arrives In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government’s landmark reform to early childhood education has arrived, as hundreds of children in regional Victoria start Three-Year-Old Kindergarten from today. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined early childhood staff, children and families at Leongatha Children’s Centre to mark its first..

Making Kindergarten Enrolment Easier For Families

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to secure a kindergarten place for three and four-year-old children by supporting councils to develop central enrolment schemes and simplify enrolment processes. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced eight councils in the areas rolling..

New Early Learning Centre For Mentone Families

Families with young children in Mentone will now have access to the quality local kindergarten programs at Acacia Avenue Preschool, following a major investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and..

Making Kindergartens More Inclusive For All Children

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kindergartens upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs. Minister for Education James Merlino and the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous today visited Annie Dennis Children’s Centre in Northcote to launch..

Investing In Infrastructure For Victoria’s Kinder Roll-Out

The Andrews Labor Government is building and investing in infrastructure to support the roll-out of universal kindergarten for all three-year-olds in the state. Minister for Education James Merlino, Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today visited the Pakenham..

Kindergarten For All Three-Year-Old Children In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the biggest reform in the history of early childhood education in Victoria to provide all three-year-old children access to subsidised kinder. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley at..

Building Begins On New Kinder Hub In Morwell

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more kindergarten places for Gippsland families with work beginning on a one-stop-shop for kinder, school and family services. Minister for Education James Merlino today turned the sod on the $6.5 million integrated children’s centre, which will be co-located at..

Brunswick West Kindergarten Children Learn In French

Brunswick West children will reap the long-term benefits of learning in another language while attending kindergarten, thanks to a program launched by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Dunstan Reserve Child Care Centre in Brunswick West to see its new..

Recognising Victoria’s Early Childhood Professionals

Victorians are being encouraged to recognise the outstanding work of early childhood professionals in improving the lives of young children by nominating an early childhood teacher or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney today announced nominations for the..

Getting More Victorians Into Kindergarten Teaching

The Andrews Labor Government is offering an additional 300 scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers, as well as $9,000 incentives to support early childhood teachers to move to areas where three-year-old kinder is rolling out. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further $3.8 million..

Helping Mildura Kids Get The Most Out Of Kindergarten

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Mildura children can attend a first-rate kindergarten, with high-quality facilities and better learning support. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited De Garis Kindergarten in Mildura, which has received $230,000 in school readiness funding and where construction of a..