Information on Free Kinder in 2023

Free Kinder in 2023 is part of the Andrews Government ambitious $9 billion commitment to expand kindergarten programs across the state. This record commitment is part of the ongoing reform to the early years in Victoria to ensure every child gets the best start in life.

This means more children will have access to quality early childhood education before they start school. Our service is participating in this program and your family will benefit in 2023.

Is my child eligible for the Free Kinder Subsidy?

The Victorian state government says families with children born between January and April can choose which year to start 3-year-old kinder – either the same year they turn three, or in the year they turn four.

How much can I save with the Free Kinder Subsidy?

Fee reductions for Free Kinder will be a monthly credited to your account equal to the $2000 per child ($50 per week = $200 per month). The Payments will show as ‘Victorian Free Kinder 2023 fee offset’ on your statement

It has been advertised as “free kinder”. Why do I still have to pay fees?

The government has introduced the “Free Kinder” program to improve access and affordability of registered kindergarten programs through a subsidy for families.

In a long day care setting, our educators and teachers provide a full day of education and care with an integrated kindergarten program. These extended services and hours incur additional operational costs which a standalone kindergarten program, which only operates for selected times and days, would not incur. Due to these additional operational costs and the broader service provided, families enrolled in the kindergarten program from 2023 will still need to pay some gap fees.

Can my child complete a second year of funded kindergarten?

A child currently enrolled in a funded three-year-old kindergarten program cannot attend another year of three-year-old funded kindergarten. However, if in consultation with your centre’s early childhood teacher, you believe that your child would benefit from repeating three-year-old kindergarten, they can attend as an unfunded child who doesn’t receive the government subsidy, if there are vacancies available.

A child currently enrolled in a funded four-year-old kindergarten program may be able to attend a second year of funded kindergarten if assessed by your centre’s early childhood teacher that a second year of kindergarten is appropriate. There are guidelines that an early childhood teacher will follow to identify if your child is eligible. It is important that you and your early childhood teacher work together to achieve the best outcome for your child.

Will this impact my Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?

No. The Free Kinder subsidy is separate from CCS, and its credit will be applied after any CCS is paid and appear as a financial credit adjustment.

Are your centres participating in the Free Kinder program in 2023?

Yes! For more information on our centres or the free Kinder program, you can contact your closest Brighthouse Early Learning Centre here. We look forward to welcoming you to our family!

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information at the Best Start Best Life Victorian Government Website here.