HELP IS AT HAND: Queensland Government subsidies offer financial support to families of children starting kindergarten.
HELP IS AT HAND: Queensland Government subsidies offer financial support to families of children starting kindergarten. Marc Stapelberg

Break education barriers with kindergarten funding

ACCORDING to figures by BT Financial Group, nearly one third of Australian families are struggling financially.

As education is a major cost, government support was implemented around Queensland to help ensure a brighter future for the children in struggling families.

To help all children access kindergarten before they start school, and to reduce financial barriers, a Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) was put into action.

This has been around since 2010 to help families hurdle any financial barriers when it comes to early learning, however, many people still might not know their entitlements.

The specific subsidies worth looking at for struggling families are QKFS Plus Kindy Support.

This aims to reduce out-of-pocket costs for those families who still require kindergarten services for their children.

More specifically, this will give each child a yearly grant of $3196.

Subsidies are not strictly limited to the families of a kindergartner, either.

There are also schemes that help families attending long day care services.

For these services, each child will have a yearly grant of $1283.

To receive this scheme, the kindergarten or approved day care service must apply on behalf of the families in need.

The service will then be granted the money, so that they can use the money to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for selected families.

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