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$25 million Drought Preparedness and Support Package for Victoria

The Victorian Government has today announced a $25 million Drought Preparedness and Support Package with targeted support for mental health, small business planning and support for parents in farming communities. As part of this package, there will be two kindergarten support initiatives made available for the 2019 calendar year for families and services located in East Gippsland and Wellington Shire Councils.

Drought Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

  • The Drought Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS) initiative will provide access to free or low cost kindergarten for 15 hours per week for all children in the year before school in 2019. The fee subsidy will be available to families that reside in or attend a kindergarten service in the two identified local government areas (LGAs).

Financial hardship grants

  • A one-off financial hardship grant of up to $10,000 will be available to all community-based kindergarten services in the identified LGAs that can demonstrate that their income and service delivery have been directly impacted by the drought.

The attached letter from Minister Mikakos advising services in these areas of the available support will be sent by DET shortly.

Further information about the application process for financial hardship grants and the administration of the Drought KFS will be available in the coming weeks.



ALP early years funding announcements are a big win for service providers and families

Early Learning Association Australia welcomes today’s policy announcement from Federal ALP leader, Bill Shorten, on extending access to 15 hours of subsidised early learning to three-year-old preschool children and ensuring that the Commonwealth portion of the funding will be ongoing – for children in both four and three-year-old funded kindergarten programs. (more…)



UK Early Years Leader Joins Goodstart

Sue Robb OBE

Goodstart Early Learning has recently announced the appointment of renowned United Kingdom early childhood leader, Sue Robb OBE, as their general manager of pedagogy and practice. (more…)



Nominations now open for 2018 McArthur early childhood volunteer of the year awards

Celebrate a volunteer that makes a real difference

ELAA and our preferred recruitment partner, McArthur, are proud to present the 2018 McArthur Early Childhood Volunteer of the Year Awards. (more…)



New campaign launch: Early Learning – We Are Counting On You

Make Your Vote for Early Learning Count

ELAA has launched its Victorian and Federal pre-elections campaign. It’s called Early Learning – We Are Counting On You and you can find out all about it at the new campaign website (more…)



Victorian Early Years Policy Debate – new date 11 October

The Victorian Election is on November 24. Do you want to hear how our political leaders plan to support and develop early childhood education and care in Victoria? Are there questions you would like to ask them about things the affect your service or our sector?  (more…)

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