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3.27 Early childhood facilities grant

This clause appears in Department of Education and Early Childhood Development agreements only.

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing access to high-quality early childhood services for all Victorian children by developing partnerships with parents and communities to develop a sustainable model for early childhood facilities.

The Government invests in a range of early childhood facilities by providing contributory grants for new facilities, upgrades, renovation and refurbishments, as well as minor grants for equipment and information technology products. These grants support services to deliver quality early childhood education and care services to children, their families and the wider community.

Investing in early childhood facilities promotes co-location and integration of a variety of services for children and families that meet local needs in new and existing facilities in order to:

  • provide capital funding to promote more integrated and inclusive early childhood services to address the needs of families
  • create new opportunities to co-locate early childhood services on or near school sites.

The expected outcomes of this investment include:

  • increased infrastructure capacity to deliver 15 hours of high quality kindergarten for all children in the year before school
  • improved access to high quality kindergarten education in the same place as long day care and other services for children and families
  • more services for children and families on or near school sites
  • integrated, inclusive and collaborative early childhood education and care services that provide high quality programs to meet the needs of young children aged 0-8 years.

Grants provided for early childhood facilities support the implementation of a range of early childhood reforms including:

  • The National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education's commitment to increase four year old kindergarten to 15 hours by 2013 and improve access to early childhood education for vulnerable children;
  • The National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

More information on the reforms can be found at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website (external link, opens in a new window)

For more information on the Children's Facilities Capital Program, see the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Children's Facilities Capital Program website  (external link, opens in a new window)

Early Childhood Facilities - Service Agreements

For all early childhood facilities grants valued at $300,000 or under, service providers will not be required to enter into a separate agreement with DEECD.

The DEECD 2012-2015 service agreement templates incorporate terms and conditions that address both service provider and DEECD responsibilities regarding grants for Early Childhood Facilities (Clause 27) along with any guidelines published for the grants. Please note that guidelines for grants and Certificate of Expenditure forms for these grants can be found on the Children's Facilities Capital Program site(external link, opens in a new window).

Early Childhood Facilities Grant Official Opening Requirements

The State Government actively seeks opportunities to promote its support of early childhood infrastructure projects. To this end, all projects receiving grants over $10,000 are expected to conduct an official opening on completion of their project, as per program guidelines.

Recipients of these grants must comply with the program guidelines on official openings by completing an Official Opening Notification form on completion of their project available at the Children's Facilities Capital Program site (external link, opens in a new window).

Early Childhood Facilities Grant Recipient Signage Requirements

The State Government actively seeks opportunities to promote its support of new initiatives. To this end, opportunities for joint signage on capital funded sites (including all projects over $10,000) are sought.

Signage expenses for up to $1000 for each site are included in all early childhood facility grants allocated by DEECD. Recipients of these grants must comply with the State Government's guidelines on signage that are available at the Children's Facilities Capital Program site (external link, opens in a new window).