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Federal Labor is confident the states and territories will support its $1.75 billion preschool plan. (AAP)

Federal Labor says the states and territories will support its multi-billion dollar election commitment to give three and four-year-olds more time at preschool.

Federal Labor is confident the states and territories will support its $1.75 billion election promise to give three and four-year-olds extra preschool.

Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese says the Opposition has "consulted widely" for the plan, which would see about 700,000 children will get a minimum of 15 hours a week of preschool or kindergarten, under funding provided over four years.

"Yesterday we had Victorian premier Daniel Andrews showing leadership, coming on board, providing the funding that will be there for Victoria," Mr Albanese told Nine Network on Friday.

"We are confident that all of the states and territories will come on board because this is good policy."

The states and territories will have to dip into their budgets to meet Labor's election promise, with Mr Andrews announcing a $5 billion package for preschool on the same day as the federal package.

Mr Albanese says Labor will also fund the plan through changes to tax arrangements, such as negative gearing.

However, Senior Coalition minister Christopher Pyne says Labor announced the policy without being able to pay for it.

"They haven't consulted with the states and territories and they are writing cheques the bank won't cash," he told the Nine Network on Friday.

The Coalition government is spending $440 million in 2019 to ensure 348,000 children have access to 15 hours of early learning and are addressing low attendance rates before further funding is announced.

Education Minister Dan Tehan has dismissed fears of a funding cliff and claims Labor's figures don't add up.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will make another election commitment on Friday, promising to scrap up-front TAFE fees for 10,000 people wanting to study early education.

At least 200 of these places would go to indigenous students.

His promise forms part of a wider pledge - announced in this year's budget reply - to abolish up-front fees for 100,000 TAFE places.

Mr Shorten says the demand for early childhood educations workers is significant.

Labor predicts almost 300,000 more children will need early education places in the next financial year, compared to three years ago.

"The early education and care workforce is incredibly vital to Australia's future," Mr Shorten said.

Alongside the 10,000 TAFE places, Labor has previously promised to uncap university places, allowing 200,000 more Australians to get higher education.

Mr Shorten said uncapping university places would ensure there were no barriers for students wanting to become bachelor-qualified early educators.

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