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Free Kinder 2021


  • Free Kinder is now available to families through the Victorian Government Free Kinder 2021 initiative.
  • Eligible only to families with children enrolled in a funded participating kindergarten program.
  • MCM Early Years Hub Hartnett House is participating in this scheme.

The Victorian Government is investing up to $169.6 million to offer Free Kinder in 2021 and MCM is participating in the scheme to give your child the best start in life.

This means more children will have greater access to quality early childhood education before they start school and our two Early Learning Hubs are excited to offer the program to your family that will be of great benefit in 2021.

What does it mean for your family?

Free Kinder will save Victorian families around $2,000 per child if they are enrolled in participating funded kindergarten program in 2021. This means:

  • Sessional (standalone) kindergarten: can offer free 15-hour kindergarten program each week
  • Long day care: can provide a reduction in fees of around $2,000 over the year.

If your child attends both sessional kindergarten and a long day care service, you can only access kindergarten funding and the Free Kinder initiative at the one service. You must nominate which service will receive your funded kindergarten program and Free Kinder payment. You cannot receive the full benefit twice for the same child.

Is my family eligible?

All families with a child enrolled in a funded participating kindergarten program are eligible for Free Kinder, in either sessional or long day care services.

How do I access funding for Free Kinder?

Payments will be made directly to participating service providers with the savings passed onto to families through reduced fees. You will not receive a lump sum payment or allowance.

Funded Four-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old Kindergarten

  • Sessional kindergarten: the Free Kinder allowance will save families $2,122 per child (a pro rata amount for funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten that is less than 15 hours per week).
  • Long day care: will save families $2,000 per child. Your child must be in a funded kindergarten place at MCM.

How do I enrol my child?

Enrolments are now open. To check if your child is eligible for the Free Kinder scheme speak with our friendly staff at MCM Early Years Hub Hartnett House on 03 9977 0040 or send us an email.

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