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Funded 3 year old kindergarten for Bass Coast Shire

3yo kinder pic

The Victorian Government has committed almost $5 billion over the next decade to provide three-year-old children access to a funded kindergarten program. This means that an extra year of play-based learning led by a teacher will be added to Victorian children’s education.

A three year old children in Bass Coast Shire now have access to at least five hours a week in a funded kindergarten program led by a bachelor qualified teacher. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending. This helps keep your fees low.

In 2023, most kindergarten services in Bass Coast will be offering 15 hours a week for 3 year old kindergarten. Some Services are offering less hours due to capacity of the kindergarten building and staffing resources. Kindergarten and long day care services are experiencing state wide staffing shortages so some services are currently unable to increase the hours offered for 3 year old kindergarten. The hours offered for three-year-old kindergarten will progressively scale up to reach the full 15-hour-a-week program by 2029.

Further information about 3 year old kindergarten is available in the Three Year Old Kindergarten Fact Sheet.

Two years of kindergarten are better than one

International research overwhelmingly finds that attendance for more than one year at a high-quality kindergarten has greater potential to lift a child's outcomes across all learning domains, while improving social behaviours and self-regulation.

"According to a British study, students who attended two to three years of kindergarten had better development in language, pre-reading, early number concepts and other learning domains."

Two years of kindergarten has an even stronger positive effect on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Further information on the benefits of two years of kindergarten is available in the Two Years of Quality Kindergarten Fact Sheet.