Victoria is on an absolute winner with its new $9 billion early childhood package, according to the state’s peak social advocacy body, the Victorian Council of Social Service.
The Victorian Government has announced it will make kinder free for three-year old children, introduce a fully funded “pre-prep” year, and build and operate 50 new childcare centres offering high quality, affordable and accessible care. The wide-ranging package will be phased in gradually from 2023.
“This is a big, bold and transformational reform package,” Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King said.
Ms King said the package will deliver significant change in three key areas.
“This will save families money, make it easier for many women to re-engage in work and boost kids’ early development and wellbeing.”
“That’s a triple whammy of benefits,” Ms King said.
“This is so much more than an education package. It’s a cost-of-living package and a workforce equity package too.”
Ms King said the broad reform initiative shows the Victorian Government has listened to families, carers and experts, and has been prepared to take bold steps to lead the nation.
“This is what good governments do: listen, and lead,” Ms King said.
VCOSS is the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector, and the state’s premier social advocacy body.
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