The Victorian Government has introduced a number of reforms which support kindergarten access and quality in all settings, including Long Day Care (LDC).
ACA Victoria applauds the Victorian Goverment for recognising that high quality early childhood education can have long-lasting positive effects on the heath and success of Australia's young children.

Susan McDonald, from the Department of Education and Training, provided an update on these reforms at our recent Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16 October 2019. 

The following funding and support is currently available to early learning service providers:

Susan pointed out that areas for collaborative work include:

  • Supporting more LDC services to become funded kindergarten providers (at any time, over 200 LDC services do not deliver a funded program)
  • Continuing to grow Early Start Kindergarten provision in LDC, noting that this is often the most practical option for carers of children in out of home care
  • Developing and trialling program models for the delivery of kindergarten in LDC that maximise access and affordability, including for disadvantaged families
  • Maximising the use of quality supports, particularly School Readiness Funding
  • Bringing more LDC services into council central enrolment schemes, not to replace but to complement existing enrolment processes

Susan's presentation on the suite of Victorian Government funding and support to the early learning sector can be read in full here