Early Learning & Day Care Centre FAQs

The Funded Kindergarten Program

What is the Funded Kindergarten Funded Program?

The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a kindergarten program in the year before they start school. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the cost of the kindergarten program and is based on the number of children enrolled in the program at Starfish Early Learning Centre. Each child is only eligible to attend only one funded kindergarten for a single year.

Are your kindergarten teachers qualified?

Our kindergarten teachers are Bachelor Qualified in Early Childhood Education, as approved by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Is kindergarten attendance compulsory in Victoria?

Kindergarten attendance is not compulsory.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Funded Kindergarten Program?

Your child is eligible for a funded year of kindergarten if they are four by 30 April of that year. The Victorian government provides funding for all eligible children to access a kindergarten program in the year before school entry.

Are Funded Kindergarten Program places limited at Starfish Early Learning Centres?

Places are limited to the room capacity of each Centre, so please contact your respective Centre Director for availability.