Free kinder

Studies have shown that investment in quality early childhood services is one of the most effective ways to give children the best start in life.

Quality early learning before school helps young children to thrive, supports the development of the child and improves children’s achievements at school.

Free kinder in 2021

Kindergarten programs for four-year-olds and eligible three-year-old children in Victorian Government funded services will be free in 2021 as part of a $169.6 million investment in early childhood education in the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget.

Free Kinder forms part of the economic recovery support for Victorians as we recover from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The initiative is for 2021 only.

This investment will save families around $2,000 for each child enrolled in a participating funded kindergarten program in 2021.

For those families that have children attending unfunded three-year-old programs in sessional (standalone) kindergarten services, there will also be reduced fees.

This offering is in addition to all regular Victorian Government kindergarten funding and the roll-out of universal, funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, which will be available across the state by 2022.

Topics in this section

  1. Information for parents and carers

    In 2021, some kindergartens and long day care services will take part in Free Kinder

  2. Information for services and providers

    Subsidies will be offered to early childhood services providing funding programs