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New kindy funding reform package for Queensland

 
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​​​​Kindergarten will soon be more affordable for Queensland families, with a new kindy funding reform package announced by Queensland Government.

More than 40,000 Queensland children and their families and over 2,000 kindergarten services are set to benefit from 2023—in what is the most significant funding reform for the early childhood sector in a decade.

The new scheme will focus on affordability, quality, improved access, inclusion and educational outcomes for Queensland children and has been developed in response to the 2019 Deloitte Access Economics Optimising outcomes for children: A review of early childhood education funding and arrangements in Queensland.

Key features of the funding reforms include:

  • New $19 million inclusion funding—provided to kindergartens to support children who have a disability or developmentally vulnerable in both community and long day care kindy.
  • Expand Kindy Uplift —to an additional 530 long day care services. This takes the total number of services participating in the program to 930.
  • Extra support for over 300 regional and remote—community and long day care kindergartens to attract and retain qualified early childhood teachers and help with viability.
  • Free kindy for those who need it most—the department will work with the sector to ensure up to 14,000 children experiencing vulnerability in both long day care and community kindies will receive free access.

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 over 90% in 2020.

The department will consult with the sector and provide information and guidance to service providers and families through a comprehensive and coordinated implementation plan.

Learn more about the new kindy funding reform package and its benefits at www.qld.gov.au/kindyfunding.

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Last updated 03 March 2022