ADJOURNMENTS | KINDERGARTEN FUNDING

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) : My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education, the Honourable Gayle Tierney. My adjournment matter relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibilities of training and skills. The Andrews Labor government is investing almost $5 billion over 10 years so that children across the state will have access to two years of kindergarten programs. This means that an extra year of play-based learning will be added to Victorian children’s education.
The learning is led by a teacher. Victoria will be the first state or territory in Australia to introduce funded three-year-old kindergarten for all children. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of a child attending. This helps lower the financial pressure on parents. The Andrews Labor government’s investment in three-year-old kinder also includes $473.2 million for early childhood infrastructure, which will support the sector to co-invest in new and expanded kindergarten facilities when and where they are needed most. This initiative will give a great start to the lives of future leaders. The action I seek from the minister is: can the minister update my office on what government policies there are to support the development of a skilled workforce to support the three-year-old kindergarten policy?