Kindergarten

Victoria's kindergarten programs give children from low-income families an opportunity to attend kindergarten for free or at a low cost.

This subsidy enables eligible children to attend up to 15 hours a week at a funded kindergarten program in the year before school free of charge or at minimal cost.

To be eligible, children must be aged at least 4 years by 30 April in the year that they attend kindergarten and:

  • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or
  • Hold, or have a parent or guardian who holds, an eligible concession card or humanitarian visa or
  • Be identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).

For more information and to apply

If your family meets the kindergarten fee subsidy eligibility criteria, tell your education and care service that you are eligible when you enrol your child or at any time during the year.

For more information read the Kindergarten guide, which is available on Department of Education and Training website.

This grant enables eligible 3-year-old children to attend up to 15 hours a week at a funded kindergarten program free of charge or at minimal cost.

To be eligible, children must be 3 by 30 April in the year that they attend kindergarten and be:

  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or
  • Known to child protection (including children referred from Child Protection to Child FIRST).

For more information and to apply

This grant is for children who received the Early Start Kindergarten grant but cannot access the kindergarten fee subsidy. It enables them to attend a funded kindergarten program in the year before school free of charge or at minimal cost. It is also available to children who have participated in an Access to Early Learning program.

The kindergarten fee subsidy may not be payable if your child attends a funded kindergarten program in long day care and your family receives the Commonwealth Child Care Benefit.

For more information and to apply

  • Kindergarten fee subsidy

    This subsidy enables eligible children to attend up to 15 hours a week at a funded kindergarten program in the year before school free of charge or at minimal cost.

    To be eligible, children must be aged at least 4 years by 30 April in the year that they attend kindergarten and:

    • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or
    • Hold, or have a parent or guardian who holds, an eligible concession card or humanitarian visa or
    • Be identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).

    For more information and to apply

    If your family meets the kindergarten fee subsidy eligibility criteria, tell your education and care service that you are eligible when you enrol your child or at any time during the year.

    For more information read the Kindergarten guide, which is available on Department of Education and Training website.

  • Early start kindergarten

    This grant enables eligible 3-year-old children to attend up to 15 hours a week at a funded kindergarten program free of charge or at minimal cost.

    To be eligible, children must be 3 by 30 April in the year that they attend kindergarten and be:

    • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or
    • Known to child protection (including children referred from Child Protection to Child FIRST).

    For more information and to apply

  • Early start kindergarten extension grant

    This grant is for children who received the Early Start Kindergarten grant but cannot access the kindergarten fee subsidy. It enables them to attend a funded kindergarten program in the year before school free of charge or at minimal cost. It is also available to children who have participated in an Access to Early Learning program.

    The kindergarten fee subsidy may not be payable if your child attends a funded kindergarten program in long day care and your family receives the Commonwealth Child Care Benefit.

    For more information and to apply