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Victorian providers invited to apply for Bilingual Kindergarten funding

by Freya Lucas

July 19, 2023

Eligible early childhood services have been invited to apply for funding to deliver a Bilingual Kindergarten program from Term 1, 2024, which will support stronger cross-cultural learning in Four-Year-Old Kindergarten programs.


An investment of $3.7 million in the Victorian Budget 2023/24 will double the footprint of the successful Bilingual Kindergarten program from 10 to 20 services – giving more children across the state increased cultural, social and educational skills and knowledge.


Around 800 children currently attend the 10 existing bilingual kindergartens where they learn in a language other than English for 12 hours of their weekly 15-hour kindergarten program.


Qualified language teachers incorporate language learning into everyday kinder experiences through fun and engaging activities like singing, dancing, painting and storytelling. This enriching learning environment boosts children’s reading and writing skills, raises their self-esteem and strengthens their cultural identity.


In selecting their language program, early childhood service providers are asked to consider community diversity and languages of newly arrived children in their area. Service providers with a large proportion of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to apply to run one of the 10 new programs.


Existing programs offer Mandarin, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi, and Auslan, however a new participating early childhood service can offer any language of their choosing.


Kindergartens interested in applying are further encouraged to deliver a local Aboriginal language program and will be supported to seek Traditional Owner approval to do so.


All early childhood services joining the Bilingual Kindergarten initiative will be supported to recruit a qualified language teacher if they do not already have one within their staff.


Expressions of interest close on 13 August. To apply, visit

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