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Early Childhood Education

COVID-19 Free Preschool funding program for Approved Providers not eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

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COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding Program - Confirmation process for Approved Providers not eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

Program overview

This program will provide time-limited payments to community and mobile preschools to support staff retention and provide free preschool to local families.

Funding will be provided as a top up payment to replace a proportion of fee income that is being lost as a result of decreasing enrolments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service eligibility will be determined and payments made based on responses provided in this confirmation form. 

Where your confirmation form is received prior to 19 May, eligible community and mobile preschool services will receive a payment from May 2020. Where you complete this confirmation form at any point up to 31 May 2020, payment will be progressed in subsequent payment rounds in June.

Please regularly check the program guidelines for updated information.

For support with this program and the confirmation process, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1300 755 426 or