Big changes are coming to kindergartens in Victoria as part of the State Government’s Best Start, Best Life Kindergarten Reform.
With Wyndham’s population of three and four-year-old children set to increase by 43 per cent by 2040, Wyndham City is planning for the future of kindergarten services in the municipality.
We want to hear from Wyndham families about what these changes will mean for them.
As part of the State Government’s $9 billion investment over the next 10 years, the reform will include:
- Four-Year-Old Kindergarten transitioning to ‘Pre-Prep’ and becoming a 30-hour-a-week program of play-based learning available to every four-year-old child in Victoria
- Establishing 50 new government-owned and affordable early learning centres.
This is in addition to the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergartens across the state. The Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over the decade to deliver 15 hours per week of Three-Year-Old kindergarten for every child.
These changes are aimed to benefit all families and children in Wyndham. The State Government also announced that one of their new early learning centres will be built in Wyndham.
Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Susan McIntyre said the number of changes taking place relating to kindergarten programs provides an opportunity for Wyndham City to review how Early Years Services are being delivered and accessed by the community.
“We will use the information to plan for future kindergarten programs and childcare services and work in partnership with the Victorian Government on the rollout to ensure our community needs are being met,” she said.
“Given the scope of what we need to do to prepare for the increase of kindergarten-aged children, we want to hear from those who have a child aged up to five years old or those who plan to have a family within the next ten years.”
“This will help us to support Wyndham children being able to access the right services in the right locations and to help us work with non-Council kindergarten service providers.”
Provide your feedback by 2 April at https://theloop.wyndham.vic.gov.au/kinder-reform
Families who complete the survey can go into the draw to win one of five $200 Coles/Myer Gift Cards (Terms and Conditions apply).