Early childhood reform

The Victorian Government has invested $202.1m into early childhood services through the Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan.

It all starts with the early years

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. Through a record $202.1 million investment, the Victorian Government is delivering on our commitment to give every child the best start in life.

The Early Childhood Reform Plan outlines the Victorian Government’s vision for the early years. This plan will deliver systemic change, targeted at supporting the children who need it most.

These initiatives aim to create a higher quality, more equitable and inclusive early childhood system, helping Victorian families get their kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for their lives ahead.

The plan includes:

  • $81.1 million for more help for parents to handle the challenges of parenting and more time with skilled professionals like Maternal and Child Health nurses
  • $108.4 million to help kindergartens deliver high-quality and inclusive programs that make the most of every minute that our children are playing and learning
  • $7.2 million to support children with a disability and their families during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • $5.4 million for more help for Koorie families to provide a strong foundation for their children’s learning and development. 

This investment supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children.

To read the plan in full, see:

Better kinder for all children

To help Victorian children get the best start in life, the Victorian Government is boosting funding for kindergartens to ensure that every Victorian child starts school ready to learn.

As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, we will invest $108.4 million to help kindergartens deliver high-quality programs that make the most of every minute that our children are playing and learning.

For more information, see Kindergarten funding.

Maternal and Child Health Services

More parenting supports and Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services (MCH) will be available for Victorian parents and their children.

As part of Budget 2017/18, the Victorian Government will invest $81.1 million MCH and parenting supports to help families get their kids ready for kindergarten and beyond.

For more information, see Maternal and Child Health services.

Supporting parents

The biggest influence on a young child is their parents. Taking on this role can be daunting, and all parents need support at times. Like any skill, parenting can be learned and improved, which is why having access to the right support and information is so important.

That is why we are strengthening our MCH Service and providing additional help to families who need it.

Early Childhood Consultation

Development of the Early Childhood Reform Plan has been guided by research and valuable feedback from people who care passionately about getting this right.

It has its foundation in a consultation process held in late 2015.