Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announces free kinder for 2021

Next year, all Victorian parents would be able to send their children free of charge to kindergarten.

The announcement was made on Tuesday morning by Premier Daniel Andrews as the state recorded its eleventh consecutive day without a new coronavirus case.

He said there were many reasons for introducing the measure but it was front of mind to provide relief for families.

“This is all about household budgets and families having money in their pocket,” he told reporters.

“This is just a logical next step to support mums and dads and our smallest Victorians.”

The kindergarten scheme funded by the government would cost $169 million.

It would save around $2,000 for families per child enrolled in kindergarten.

Ingrid Stitt, Minister for Early Childhood, said kindergarten was crucial in the development of childhood.

“It’s incredibly important for children to get the best start in life and all studies show that two years of play-based kinder will give them the best start in life,” she said.

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