Kindy funding reform package


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Changing the way we invest in kindy

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From 2023, Queensland is introducing a new kindy funding model to give every child a great start. It will further support families to enrol in kindy—making it more affordable and more accessible.

This investment is the most significant funding reform for early childhood education and care in Queensland in a decade.

Children arrive at the kindy gate with their own unique strengths and abilities, interests and needs.

The reform package will deliver significant funding so all children can attend kindy and experience those lifelong benefits. From 2023, kindergarten in Queensland may be free for children who are experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage at both community kindergarten and kindergarten in long day care services.

The new kindy funding will replace the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS), which has served Queensland well and seen participation rise from 29% in 2008 to 98% in 2021.

The new scheme focuses on affordability, improved access, inclusion and educational outcomes for Queensland children.

The reforms will:

  • improve educational outcomes
  • increase participation and attendance of all children in Queensland
  • target funding to children who need it most
  • improve inclusiveness of services
  • improve affordability by reducing fees for families
  • help children reach their full potential when they are at kindergarten.

The new kindy funding reform package is in response to the 2019 Deloitte Access Economics 'Optimising outcomes for children: A review of early childhood education funding and arrangements in Queensland'. The Queensland Government is now implementing review findings to support Queensland families. Find out more and read the report summary​.

Key features

Keeping kindy affordable

New targeted subsidies for families attending both long day care and community kindy to reduce out-of-pocket costs, particularly for low and middle income famili​es.

Kindy in regional and remote communities

​​New service location subsidies for community kindergartens and long day care kindergartens in identified remote and regional communities, to assist with teacher attraction and retention and service viability.

​Inclusive kindy

New funding scheme to build capability of community and long day care kindergarten providers to support participation by eligible children with a disability or children who are developmentally vulnerable.

Expansion of Kindy Uplift

Expanding the Kind​y Uplift program to more services to address educational need of children experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage, and improve longer term educational outcomes.

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions will assist families and services to better understand the latest kindergarten funding reforms for Queenslanders.

What is the new kindergarten funding reform?
The new kindergarten funding reform is the most significant reform since 2008 when the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) was introduced.

What does this mean for Queensland families and children?
A range of funding subsidies will be provided to ensure that kindergartens are high quality, affordable and inclusive to give all Queensland children a great start in life.

Why are reforms to kindergarten funding needed?
Research and experience tell us that attending a high quality, teacher-delivered kindergarten program for 600 hours in the year before Prep provides the best chance for children to thrive, particularly for children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.

How is it different from the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS)?
The new funding enhances and builds on the features of the QKFS that served Queensland families and children well since 2008 and boosted kindergarten participation from 29% in 2008 to 98% in 2021.

Will this funding make community kindergarten more affordable?
Increased per-child funding for community kindergartens (not eligible for Child Care Subsidy) will reduce out-of-pocket fees for families.

New per-child targeted affordability subsidies in community kindergarten programs will further reduce out-of-pocket costs for eligible families living in low to middle income communities.

Will this funding make kindergarten in long day care more affordable?
New affordability subsidies in long day care kindergarten programs will reduce out-of-pocket costs for eligible families living in low to middle income communities.

What funding is available for kindergarten services in regional and remote locations?
Increased funding for regional and remote community and long day care kindergartens will support services to attract and retain qualified early childhood teachers and help with viability.

When do the new subsidies start?
The new kindergarten funding will be implemented from 2023. The Department will work with kindergarten services to make sure they're ready for the change.

How can families access reduced fees?
The new subsidies will be applied to a child's daily fee.

How will families know how much funding they will be eligible for?
A kindergarten calculator is being developed for families and will be available online prior to the start of the 2023 kindergarten year.

Is this funding the same as the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy?
No. This funding is different, and in addition to, the Child Care Subsidy.

What funding will be available to ensure all children are included into a kindergarten program?
There is new inclusion funding for kindergartens to better support children with disability, or those who may be developmentally vulnerable.

For long day care, this funding will complement the federally-funded Inclusion Support Program.

In addition, an expanded number of kindergarten programs in long day care will receive Kindy Uplift funding to address educational need to improve outcomes for children experiencing vulnerability.​

More information​​

The department has completed comprehensive statewide consultation with the sector about the kindy funding reform and is considering the feedback. Any amendments will be communicated to the sector to ensure a seamless transition ahead of 1 January 2023.

Last updated 02 September 2022