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.
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?
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.
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.