Early Childhood Three-year-old kindergarten continues to expand

An additional 2000 Victorian three-year-olds are now accessing two years of funded kindergarten, as the 15 hours of kinder program rolls out across more local government areas. Across the 15 new LGAs, 135 early childhood education settings are now delivering funded kinder programs for three-year-olds, with the majority of these services offering the full 15 hours. 

Teachers and educators in these areas will have received a resource kit earlier this term containing resources, professional learning and web content. 

The web content includes evidence-informed practice and pedagogical support, reflective questions, and resource links. While the website has been designed to support the delivery of three-year-old kindergarten in Victoria, it is also relevant to educators working in other early childhood education and care settings.

Two staff members from each service in these areas will be able to attend two days of professional development, with backfill being provided. The toolkit and professional learning will be provided for next year’s cohort in due course. 

Further info can be found here: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/three-year-old-toolkit.aspx 

We are keen to hear from members on your plans for 2022.

  • What do you see as the key things you need to prepare for three-year-old kindergarten in 2022?
  • Have you, your colleagues and your employer started focusing on them?
  • As teachers and educators, what support do you need for large scale change management process in 2021 ready for the delivery of three-year-old kinder in 2022?

You can reply to these questions via [email protected] and this information will be used as feedback to the Kindergarten Expansion Consultative Committee (KECC). 

We have set up a new three-year-old kindergarten network for AEU members to share information, exchange ideas, provide feedback and collectively support each other as we move to providing two years of funded kindergarten. If you would like to be part of this network, please email us at [email protected] and we will link you in. 

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