Funded Kindergarten Program at Journey early learning

Funded Kindergarten Program 2021/22 

As a parent, you naturally want to give your child the very best start on their life journey. At Journey, we know kindergarten is essential in ensuring they have the building blocks for the rest of their education.  
 
That is why we pride ourselves on delivering the very highest quality education and services for your child. Our funded kindergarten program has been created to ensure every child in VIC and QLD can enjoy the best start to their education, with each program being delivered by our bachelor-qualified early childhood teacher.   
Funded Kindergarten Program at Journey early learning

What is a funded kindergarten?

The funded kindergarten program is designed to help more children enrol in early education by providing a contribution towards the cost of the program. Created and delivered by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, the program aims to support each child’s learning and development in line with the government’s early years learning and development framework.

The funding helps to lower the cost of the program for parents by subsidising the kindergarten service directly, allowing them to keep their fees low.

What are the benefits of attending kindergarten

What are the benefits of attending kindergarten?

Our formative years are amongst the most important in our life. It is during these years that we learn the foundations for further education and social interaction. Research has shown that a play-based learning environment can be very beneficial for your child, helping to inspire their creativity, improve their social skills, and even lead to a longer and healthier life!

The benefits of attending a pre-kinder room and a kinder room extend far beyond a child’s school years. Starting a quality program at an earlier age has a hugely positive impact on their development, teaching them and helping them to develop key life skills.

Research has shown that children in Year 3 who attended kindergarten were up to 20 weeks ahead of those who did not. Equally, by the age of 16, students who attended three years of kindergarten were more likely to achieve higher scores in their maths and English exams.

Play-based learning gives each child a chance to explore the world around them through play, letting their imagination come alive. This is important in helping them to engage with others around them, learning how to share and listen with others. A play-based learning kindergarten can also encourage children to be more curious while boosting their confidence in the process.

 

Kindergarten programs in Victora

 

 

There are various types of kindergarten programs that children in Victoria can enrol in. The government is currently investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years, ensuring children are able to access two years of funded kindergarten programs.

 

Three-year-old program

 

The Victorian government is currently rolling out a funded three-year-old program across the state, making it the first territory in Australia offering funded kindergarten for all three-year-olds. From 2022, children across the state will have access to a teacher-led program a week, with this increasing to 15 hours by 2029.

Journey are committed to reinvesting the funding back into our program. We use these funds to better our program by offering free excursions, incursions and extra resources to benefit the children.

 

Eligibility

 

In order to be eligible for the 3-year-old funded kindergarten program in Victoria, a child will need to be three years of age by April 30 of the year they have enrolled in. Families with children born between January and April can choose which year they would prefer to start their child in three-year-old Kinder. These children can start in the same year they turn three, or in the year they turn four years of age. To calculate when your child will be ready for three-year-old Kinder please click here.

 

Four-year-old programs

 

For children who are aged four, then the Victoria government will help support the cost of your child attending a kindergarten for 15 hours a week. These kinds of programs are designed for those children to participate in the year before they start school, giving them the skills and experiences they will need as they progress through their education.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the funding, a child will need to be four years of age by April 30 of the year they have enrolled in. For example, if a child were born between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018, they would be eligible to attend kindergarten in 2022.

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How the kindergarten funding works?

The funded kindergarten program has been created to help keep fees low, allowing more children to benefit from attending a kindergarten. The support is paid directly to your chosen kindergarten by the government, with the overall amount that parents will need to pay is dependent on the number of hours that your child will attend. When working out how much you will be required to pay, it is also important to remember any additional costs that might occur from things such as excursions.
It is always best to speak directly with your chosen kindergarten to understand how much you will need to pay. They will also be able to help you with seeking any further subsidy support that you may be eligible for.

 

Kindergarten program in Queensland

 

 

Four-year-old programs

 

Open to all children aged four by 30 June in the year that they start, the program offers 15 hours of kindergarten a week for 40 weeks. These 600 hours of learning are designed to support their physical, social, and intellectual skills while also supporting their language skills and enhancing their emotional capabilities.

In order to be eligible to offer a funded kindergarten program, a facility must follow the guidelines set out or accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). Each teacher will also need to be a qualified early childhood teacher.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the funding, a child will need to be four years of age by June 30 of the year they have enrolled in. For example, if a child were born between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, they would be eligible to attend kindergarten in 2022. Parents will need to provide evidence of their child’s age by showing their birth certificate.

The subsidy is also only applicable for one approved kindergarten program at a time, and there are processes in place to avoid a child taking part in two funded programs at the same time. To work out when your child can start Kindy in Queensland, you can use this calculator.

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Features at our kindergartens

The Journey Kindergarten program is guided by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher who inspires and encourages your child. We focus on getting children ready for school and ensure that they smoothly transition into school. Children develop a wide set of vital skills for their first year of school and life, such as social, language and literacy skills. The Journey environment is warm, safe and engaging, where everyone feels welcome. Our educators are here to support your child and your family every step of the way.
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