Kindergarten funding guidance

ACA Victoria can provide advice and support to Service Providers as they apply for Kindergarten funding. The support also covers ongoing advice about compliance requirements and accessing accessing the full range of supports from DET.

We are working on a comprehensive suite of documents to help service providers. The following documents are available:

 Kindergarten funding: Why should I apply?

  1. Kindergarten funding: How do I apply?
  2. Kindergarten funding: What happens next?

These documents are designed to be read in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training's  Kindergarten Funding Guide.


All Service Providers in Victoria can contact our office with any questions and for ongoing support about funding requirements by calling our office on 9532 2017 or Julianne Smith on 0412 649 834.



Document 1: Kindergarten funding: Why should I apply?

This guide gives service providers information to help decide whether to apply for kindergarten funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training (the Department).


The guide provides an overview of funded kindergarten, and covers issues such as eligiblity, funding types, the application process, your obligations once funding is approved, grants, subsidies and supports as well as benefits for families.


More detailed information is available in the other guides available below.

Document 2: Kindergarten funding: How do I apply?

This step-by-step guide has been developed to help service providers complete and submit the ‘Expression of Interest for kindergarten funding’ form, which is a requirement for all service providers who wish to apply for kindergarten funding.


The guide will take you through the EOI process to enable you to complete your application as easily and effectively as possible.


Document 3: Kindergarten funding: What happens next?

This guide sets out and explains the obligations on service providers who receive kindergarten funding, as well as providing information about grant and support opportunities available for children and families.


This is the most comprehensive of our guides and is designed to help you understand everything that will follow from your approval for kindergarten funding. The guide covers: 

  • Ongoing reporting obligations
  • Training and support
  • Department resources for service providers
  • Requirements for teachers
  • Requirements for funded children
  • Department supports for children/families
  • Access and Inclusion funding and grants

Coming soon...

Additional resources will be added as they are finalised. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Early Start Kindergarten & ESK Extension
  • Models: Delivering a 4 year old kindergarten program in a long day care setting
  • Models: Delivering a 3 year old kindergarten program in a long day care setting
  • Case studies to help you consider the best options for your families
  • Supporting vulnerable families
  • Early learning sector acronyms
  • Funded Organisation Performance Management Framework (FOPMF)