The Federal and State Governments jointly fund 15 hours of kindergarten programs. The Victorian Government currently provides 10 hours of Kindergarten funding and the Federal Government provides five hours of funding. The agreement expires in December 2017.
At this stage, Council cannot confirm that 15-hour Kindergarten programs will continue beyond 2017. Should this funding not continue into 2018, alternative timetable arrangements will need to be provided with fewer hours available in line with State government funding.
In 2014, the State Government advised that it will not be able to fund the additional five hours of Kindergarten funding if the Federal government decides to cease this funding. The State Government has advised that it will continue to fund 10 hours of Kindergarten programs.
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