The Victorian government has recently announced that free kindergarten will be available for 3 and 4 year olds in 2023.

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Families can expect to  save around $2,000 over the 2021 calendar year.

In 2021 YMCA Children's Programs will be participating in the Victorian Government's Free Kinder initiative.

As a result, families can expect to save around $2,000 over the 2021 calendar year for each child enrolled in our funded kindergarten programs.

The initiative is part of a $169.6 million investment in early childhood education to support Victoria's recovery from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The initiative is for 2021 only and is available through YMCA Early Learning Centres based in Victoria.


All families with a child enrolled in a funded kindergarten program are eligible for the Free Kinder initiative and will receive a $2,000 reduction in fees over the 2021 calendar year.

This includes families who attend either our Integrated Kindergarten (through Long Day Care) or Sessional Kindergarten programs. 

This funding is on top of all normal kindergarten funding streams.

Attending multiple services

We understand that some children attend both Long Day Care at a YMCA Early Learning Centre and Sessional Kindergarten at another local provider.

In this instance, the family would receive the Free Kinder funding at their Sessional Kindergarten service. The funding cannot be accessed a second time to subsidise their use of the Y's Long Day Care service.

Families cannot receive the Free Kinder funding twice.


Payments will be made directly to the service providers (our centres), not directly to families.

Account credits will be retrospectively administered throughout the year and documented in monthly statements.

Learn more about our fortnightly debit cycle.

Our Kindergarten programs

Our Early Learning Centres offer the following funded Kindergarten programs:

  • Long Day Care services which feature a funded Kindergarten program that is integrated into a full days care. This program is offered at all centres within Victoria and is also referred to as Integrated Kindergarten.

  • Sessional Kindergarten which operates for a few hours over set days and does not include access to Long Day Care. This program is offered at selected centres (Lightning Reef in Bendigo, Derrimut and Mernda).


Visit the Department of Education and Training's website for further information on the Free Kinder initiative.

If you have any questions about this funding, please contact our Customer Service Team via our current families contact form or call (03) 8371 0500 during business hours.


Next steps

Current kindergarten families can sign into My Family Lounge to review their current booking and enrolment details.

New to our funded kindergarten programs? Visit our location map to find your nearest service and then follow our step by step enrolment guide.

Our Enrolment Support Team can also be contacted by submitting our Early Learning enquiry form.


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