Californian Gully

Our Centre

We offer a stimulating child-focused play based learning program that provides children with endless opportunities for growth and development. Children explore, investigate and learn through their own unique intelligences and at their own developmental level.

We are passionate about developing and enhancing happy, confident, creative, kind, compassionate, independent, self-directed thinkers and learners.

We value positive, caring and inclusive relationships between children, families, educators, early childhood professionals and the community to nurture and support children in these vital early years of life.

Californian Gully Kindergarten proudly displays the Kinder Tick to help families feel confident that our program is recognised as a funded kindergarten program and:

  • Is led by qualified staff
  • Children benefit from play-based learning
  • The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • Our program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework

Californian Gully Kindergarten

31 Wills Street
Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Tel: (03) 4311 1565


Victorian Approved Kinder Tick

3 & 4 Year Old
Kinder Programs

We offer free 3 and 4 year old kindergarten, with our programs running 15 hours a week.


Incursions and excursions provide learning experiences and strengthen a sense of belonging and connection with local and wider communities. 

Kitchen Garden

We participate in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Children plant and care for the kinder’s herb and vegetable gardens. The program introduces food education to children, helping form positive food habits for life.


Our indoor/outdoor program allows children to be immersed in the outdoor environment. We model responsibility for the environment through sustainable practices, such as compost use, waste avoidance, and the use of natural materials.

Storypark App

Storypark connects our educators with parents, providing the ability to share news, service updates, progress and exciting moments from kinder to home!

Safeguarding Children
and Young People

We pride ourselves on our commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people, providing safe and fun environments for children to flourish.


Our kindergarten’s philosophy guides our teaching and approach to early learning. It is informed by the National Quality Framework and underpins all our service’s operations and daily practices.

For more details, please ask us for a copy of our Philosophy Statement.

The Y has been delivering Early Learning Programs for over 20 years and is passionate about creating safe, fun, educational environments where children can thrive. At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people and we feel there is no better time to begin inspiring than in an Early Learning program!

Enrolment & Session Information

Californian Gully Kindergarten’s enrolment registration process is managed centrally by Central Goldfields Shire’s Centralised Registrations and is supported by the Y Kinders’ enrolment team who will provide information and support on any queries relating to your child’s enrolment.

We operate both 4 year old and 3 year old free kindergarten programs as a mixed age groups on the days and times below:

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Wattle – Mixed-age Group with 4 year old group (2024)

Day Time
Tuesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Gumnuts – Mixed-age Group with 4 year old group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 2.00pm

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Wattle – Mixed-age Group with 3 year old group (2024)

Day Time
Tuesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Gumnuts – Mixed-age Group with 3 year old group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 2.00pm

For additional support on your child’s enrolment, contact our enrolment team:

  • Call us on 03 4311 1500
  • Email us at
  • Chat to us using the contact form on this page

Parent Info

We understand that starting kindergarten can be a big step for your child and your family.

From choosing and visiting a service, through to enrolling, orientation and anticipating the important first day, these all form the path to your child commencing at kindergarten.


Enrolment Assistance

To commence the enrolment process, please register with Central Goldfield Shire’s Central Registration Scheme using the links on this page.

For assistance or further information, please fill in the form below.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and future.

View our full Commitment Statements here .

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