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Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) is a grant funded by the Department of Education and Training (theDepartment) that provides eligible three-year-old children access to up to 15 hours of free or low cost kindergarten per week, including in areas with funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

This grant is available in both long day care and sessional services where the kindergarten program is delivered by a qualified teacher. A child can be placed in a Three-Year-Old

Kindergarten program, a mixed age program or where early start enrolments are incorporated into a four-year-old program.


Guide to explain Early Start Kinder.


Extended resources:

ESK guide: 

Kinder funding guide: 


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