About the campaign
Since 2013, Australia’s federal, state and territory governments have agreed to jointly fund kinder for all Australian 4-year-olds. The federal government contributes around one-third of total funding.
As a result of this national agreement, enrollments have improved and almost all 4-year-old children are now enrolled in 15 or more hours of kindergarten per week.
If the Federal government cuts their current funding, families would on average need to find an extra $2,000* per child per year to cover that cost. For many children this will mean they will simply miss out on valuable early childhood education.
The I Love Kinder campaign is calling on the Prime Minister to commit to federal funding for four-year-old kindergarten on an ongoing and permanent basis – rather than the current ad hoc basis – so that parents and kindergartens can plan for the future with confidence and certainty.
Let's show Mr Morrison just how much we love kinder.
For further information on the I Love Kinder campaign see our Background Briefing.
*The average of around $2,000 per child per year is based on the average of the following two costs:
1. Parents having to cover the loss of the National Partnership Agreement funding of $870 million over two years, which, with an annual number of 4 and 5 year old children in preschool (whether government or not) is around 371,000 (based on the 2017 figures). This amounts to $1,165 per child per year.
2. The cost of transferring to childcare to accommodate their child. Childcare costs up to an estimated $75 for 5 hours, so over 42 weeks that’s $3,150 per year.
What You Can Do
We urgently need to let the Federal Coalition know how much we love kinder and ask them to stop the cuts to federal kindergarten funding.
Here’s what you can do:
- Sign the petition. (We’ll also send you the latest campaign updates on email.)
- Like I Love Kinder on Facebook and share posts with your friends
- Share the campaign’s posts on Instagram and Twitter with your friends and family and encourage them to lend their support.
We’re looking for councils, kindergartens and other organisations to lend their support too. We’re also looking for local champions to help build community support.
The Campaign Resources section has materials you can download, and you can also get in touch with the campaign team at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you would love to help.