Kinder Tick and Funded Kindergarten Programs
What does the Kinder Tick mean?
The Victorian Government Approved Kinder Tick helps Victorian families find a funded kindergarten program for their children. Every Only About Children campus in Victoria displays the Kinder Tick as they meet the criteria set out by the Victorian Government.
When you see the Kinder Tick, you can be confident:
- The Kindergarten program will be led by a qualified teacher. Every Kindergarten program at Only About Children is run by an Early Childhood teacher, who has a Bachelor of Education. They will oversee the team running the program and each child that is enrolled in the funded program has access to this teacher a minimum of 15 hours per week. At Only About Children our Kindergarten teachers are supported by the Only About Children Grow curriculum where they will be engaged in holistic learning.
- Children will benefit from play-based learning. Through the Only About Children Grow curriculum children will engage in planned and spontaneous learning experiences based on their own interests and ideas. They will explore concepts that help them prepare successfully for school, help build their knowledge and skills across all areas of learning and development.
- The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government. Funding is used to provide additional learning opportunities along with providing rich learning environments and quality resources.
- The program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework. Each Only About Children Kindergarten program is designed based on the Early Years Learning Framework and takes into consideration current and evolving research and best practice for Kinder aged children. The Only About Children Grow Curriculum supports educators to offer a high-quality program designed around each and every child.
Where to look for the Kinder Tick?
You can look for the Kinder Tick logo at your local Only About Children campus in Melbourne, on the campuses building or grounds or here on any of the 22 Melbourne campus information pages.
Learn more about the unique Grow curriculum offered at Only About Children.
What are the Funded Kindergarten Programs in Victoria?
In 2022, two years of funded kindergarten programs will be available across Victoria. This means families can access government-subsidised play-based learning programs from when their child turns three years old.
Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is new in 2022 and allows Kindergarten and long day care centres offering a three-year-old kinder program to access 5 hours of a funded kindergarten program each week. In future years, the number of funded kindergarten hours are scheduled to increase.
The Four-Year-Old Kindergarten program allows 15 hours a week of government subsidised kindergarten, delivered in the year before a child goes to school.
Why was Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten introduced?
The Funded Kindergarten program has been introduced to encourage children to attend three-year-old kindergarten. Evidence shows that a child who attends two years of a quality kindergarten program has development supported through play-based learning, and these benefits last into the school years and beyond.
Does Only About Children participate in the Funded Kindergarten Programs in Victoria?
Yes, all our Victorian Campuses have a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program and a Four-Year Old Kindergarten program. Our degree qualified teacher-led school readiness program is incorporated into our long day care hours, offering flexibility for families.
Do families receive payments?
No. Only About Children receives funding directly from the Victorian Government for children that participate in our 3-year-old and 4-year old Kindergarten programs.
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