Kinder fee help in Term 3

Sessional kinder will cost some Victorian parents less in Term 3, the Andrew Government has announced.

In announcing a $45 million support package, Education Minister James Merlino said the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, estimated to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees.

This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3.

This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Federal Government’s JobKeeper program.

A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene.

Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic.