As parents and carers, it’s our responsibility to ensure our young children are ready for all the exciting changes that come with growing up. They have the right to begin life on solid footing, and giving them an excellent kindy experience, can help provide this.
With a firm belief that this approach works, the Queensland Government has taken a giant step to provide quality early education to our little ones. A landmark investment of $1 billion over the next five years in kindergarten funding has recently been introduced and is currently in effect.
What does this mean for families of kindergarten students, and how can your little learners get the most out of this new initiative?
Queensland New Kindergarten Funding: How Does It Work?
The Department of Education provides funding to eligible kindergarten service providers with the goal of making out-of-pocket fees for families more affordable while ensuring children are given access to world-class learning experiences.
It is also important to note that starting 10 July 2023, most families using early childhood education and care will get more Child Care Subsidy (CCS). In a nutshell, the maximum amount of CCS is increasing from 85% to 95%
All these initiatives are designed to encourage more families to give their children the quality early education they deserve.
To be eligible for the subsidy/grants, here are the criteria:
Kindergarten Program Provider Status
A service provider must have obtained an APPROVED kindergarten program status. The program may be delivered at a long day care service or sessional kindergarten. Amaze Education is happy to provide these services in our Childcare Centres.
A child must be at least four years old by 30 June in the year they start kindergarten. Service providers may claim funding for the eligible-age, enrolled child.
Service Provider Status
The service provider must hold a current service approval, be registered as an approved kindergarten program provider, deliver an approved kindergarten program and employ qualified early childhood teacher/s.
As a family-owned and operated childcare centre, Amaze Education provides Child Care across various centres across South East Queensland. The Kindergarten program we offer in our centres is government approved, with a university-qualified Early Childhood Teacher in attendance in the preschool class every day.
Kindergarten Funding is Provided for Services through these Subsidies/Grants:
- Base subsidy – For children enrolled in an approved kindergarten program
- Affordability subsidy – For children who meet one or more specified criteria
- Service location subsidy – For children enrolled where the service is located in an eligible remoteness category
- Educational need grant – For children who require the provision of evidence-based initiatives to respond to their learning and development needs
- Inclusion subsidy – For children enrolled in an approved kindergarten program irrespective of the diversity of background and/or additional needs.
The Queensland New Kindergarten Funding Means A Brighter Future For Your Little Ones
Families in Queensland can now give their young children more opportunities to have an even brighter future, thanks to the expanded Queensland New Kindergarten Funding. By providing greater access to high-quality early education and reduced out-of-pocket costs, every child has the chance to reach their full potential early on in their lives.
As an approved early education service provider, Amaze is ready to accept the huge yet exciting responsibility of holding your little one’s hands as they take on the world.
Please feel free to contact us for enrollment enquiries or if you have any questions about the Queensland new kindergarten funding process.