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What does kindy cost?

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The Queensland Government is exploring free kindy for all families across the state.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cheaper kindy for families in 2023

The Queensland Government is introducing new funding from January 2023 which will mean cheaper kindy for many families.

Whether your child attends kindy in a sessional kindergarten or in a long day care it may be free, or cheaper, if you are eligible for Kindy Plus or you receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB).

Kindy plus or fee-free kindy​​

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be eligible for Kindy plus or fee-free kindy. Do you:

  • hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC) with the child named on the card?​
  • hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic HCC entitlements)?
  • hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card or White Card?
  • have formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a Health Care Card?
  • have evidence of formal foster or kinship care arrangements?
  • have three or more children of the same age enrolled in the same year?
  • have a child who is identified as living in a formal child protection out-of-home care arrangement?
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?
  • hold a temporary visa and in the process of seeking asylum, or are you a family and child who have entered Australia under the Australian Government's Refugee and Humanitarian Program?

In addition, if you attend a sessional kindy and experience temporary financial hardship you may be eligible for the Kindy plus subsidy.

​Next steps if you're eligible for Kindy plus​

Talk to your kindy provider (sessional kindergarten or kindy in a long day care) to confirm your eligibility.

If you haven't selected a kindy provider, visit the Starting Blocks website.

Next steps if you are not eligible for Kindy​ plus

If you answered no to any of the above, you still may be eligible for cheaper kindy if you receive Family Tax Benefit or attend a sessional kindergarten.

Kindy Family Tax Benefit​ (Kindy FTB) subsidy

Not​​​e: You are only eligible to apply for the Kindy FTB subsidy if you do not meet the above Kindy plus criteria.

If you receive FTB, there are reduced fees regardless of whether you attend a sessional or long day care kindergarten.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, kindy is cheaper in 2023 for your kindy-aged child. Do you receive:

  • Australian Government Family Tax Benefit A?​

  • and/or

  • Australian Government Family Tax Benefit B?

Different saving amounts apply if ​you are eligible for FTB, for example, you will receive:

  • up to $3,544 per year if your child is enrolled in a sessional kindergarten
  • $500 per year if your child attends kindy in a long day care. The difference is less than in a sessional kindy because you also receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the Australian Government.

Read more about Family Tax Benefit.

Next steps if you're eligibl​e for FTB

Find your Kindy savings

Talk to your kindy provider (sessional kindergarten or kindy in a long day care) to confirm your eligibility and your final out-of-pocket costs.​

If you haven't selected a kindy provider, visit the Starting Blocks website.

You will need to give your kindy provider your FTB reconciliation, also known as a balancing letter​. This letter confirms that you receive FTB and are eligible to also receive the Kindy FBT subsidy.​

Visit the K​indy savi​​ngs webpage​​ to find out what savings you may be eligible for.

Read the below frequently asked questions about cheaper kindy and kindy savings in 2023.​

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Frequently ask questions

Cheaper kindy

Kindy savings

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Last updated 21 May 2023