ACT Free 3 Year Old Preschool

ACT’s Free 3 Year Old Preschool Made Easy with Kidsoft’s Free Calculator

Simplifying the Early Childhood Education and Care experience for both ECEC Services and families is at the heart of what we do here at Kidsoft. 

In a significant development, the ACT Government is set to roll out the Free 3-Year-Old Preschool Program from the beginning of 2024, offering Canberra families 300 hours of free preschool per year. This initiative, supported by over $50 million in funding over four years, represents the largest investment in the early childhood education sector to date.

Participating Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services will play a crucial role in delivering this program, ensuring that families across Canberra have access to quality early childhood education.  

Off the back of our hugely successful Queensland Free Kindy Calculator, we recognised the need to tailor support for the unique circumstances of the ACT Government’s initiative. Understanding the complexities of childcare funding, particularly within long daycare centres, is crucial for both families and services, and we recognise the challenges that may arise in long daycare settings concerning the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and how the new funding impacts the cost to families.  

To address these challenges, we’ve developed an easy-to-use calculator specifically designed for the ACT Free 3 Year Old Preschool program. This free tool aims to empower long daycare services by providing a seamless way to determine the gap fee for each child within their preschool program under the new ACT Government initiative. 

Our commitment to supporting the ECEC sector is further demonstrated by offering this calculator free of charge, in collaboration with the ACT Government. 

If you’re an ECEC service in the ACT and require further assistance or have questions about implementing the Free 3-Year-Old Preschool Program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Kidsoft is here to help and support you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth transition and a bright start for all children in the Australian Capital Territory. 

Download your complimentary ACT Free 3 Year Old Preschool Calculator

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Navigating Queensland’s “Free Kindy” program with Our Free Calculator

At Kidsoft, we’re committed to simplifying the Early Learning landscape for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Services and families across Australia.  

The Free Kindy program introduced by the Queensland Government is nothing short of fantastic. This initiative ensures that every child in Queensland has the opportunity to access quality early childhood education, setting the stage for a bright and promising future. However whilst this initiative is brilliant, the details can be a little complex, especially when children attend kindy within long daycare centres. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) adds another layer of intricacy, as it varies from one family to the next. In essence, when a child participates in a kindergarten program within a long daycare setting, families may need to cover the cost of care before and after the kindy program. Determining the precise amount of this cost can be a challenging task.

To support the wider ECEC sector, Kidsoft with the support of the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA QLD) has invested significant effort and expertise in creating an easy-to-use calculator. This tool is the culmination of extensive work, aimed at empowering long daycare services to determine the gap fee for each child within their kindergarten program once “Free Kindy” takes effect. Our commitment to simplifying this process underscores our dedication to the sector, ensuring both services and families can navigate the transition with clarity and ease.

We believe in giving back and assisting the sector whenever we can. That’s why we’re offering this calculator alongside ACA Qld free of charge to the Queensland Government, and all ECEC services throughout Queensland.

If you’re an ECEC service in Queensland and need further assistance or have questions about implementing Free Kindy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with ACA Qld or contact us. We are all here to help and support you every step of the way. Together, we can provide the best possible start for all Queensland children.

Download your complimentary Free Kindy Calculator