Early childhood education initiatives

Details of the main early childhood education initiatives announced in Budget 2011.

InitiativeDescription
Universal Adjustment to Early Childhood Education Funding Rates

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $14.412 million
  • 2012/13: $15.083 million
  • 2013/14: $15.564 million
  • 2014/15: $15.964 million
Four-year total: $61.023 million

The salary increase is funded from a Budget 2010 contingency.
This initiative provides a universal cost adjustment. It is a funding increase to the non-salary proportion of all ECE funding rates.

In addition, a separate increase is being made to the salary component for kindergartens, funded from a Budget 2010 contingency.
Extend Equity Funding to All Early Childhood Education Providers

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $5.200 million
  • 2012/13: $5.400 million
  • 2013/14: $5.400 million
  • 2014/15: $5.500 million
Four-year total: $21.500 million
This initiative extends Equity Funding to all ECE services which provide ECE to children from high-need communities.

Equity Funding consists of four components. Services may be eligible for funding against one or more (or all) components. The components are:
  • Low socio-economic community
  • Special needs
  • Non-English speaking background, language and culture other than English
  • Isolation.
Forecast Changes – Early Childhood Education Funding

Operating funding:
  • 2010/11: $125.439 million
  • 2011/12: $80.113 million
  • 2012/13: $91.783 million
  • 2013/14: $102.924 million
  • 2014/15: $141.836 million
Four-year total: $416.656 million
During 2010/11, ECE expenditure increased by a further 10 per cent on top of the level of funding provided in Budget 2010. Government is meeting the cost of this growth in demand for ECE in Budget 2011. The continued growth in ECE expenditure is driven by the following factors:
  • More children are attending ECE: numbers of births have been sustained at high levels
  • Children are attending ECE for more hours on average
Extend Early Childhood Education for Children in Care

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $2.789 million
  • 2012/13: $2.852 million
  • 2013/14: $2.913 million
  • 2014/15: $2.913 million
Four-year total: $11.467 million

Funding appropriated to Vote Social Development
Currently, there is no specific assistance for children in State care to receive funding to access ECE. As a result, children in care are not necessarily receiving the full benefits of regular ECE attendance. The initiative supports children in State care, a particularly vulnerable group of society, to attend ECE.
Expand Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $1.141 million
  • 2012/13: $1.871 million
  • 2013/14: $2.731 million
  • 2014/15: $3.131 million
Four-year total: $8.874 million

Funding appropriated to Vote Social Development
HIPPY is a targeted programme that improves education outcomes for vulnerable children in low socio-economic areas. The initiative increases the scale of the programme so more children benefit and existing families receive greater support. This supports the Government’s participation projects and priority families’ attendance in quality ECE.

Nine hundred families will benefit from the expanded HIPPY in the first year, 2,700 families over four years. Seven new sites will be established in the first year and 23 over four years.

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