Drouin West

Our Centre

Drouin West Kindergarten is co-located with Drouin West Primary School and offers a bright and inviting environment for young learners within the community.

The centre which opened in 2023, provides fresh opportunities in early education with its natural outdoor haven and its welcoming play spaces that cater to the needs of active children.

Being co-located with Drouin West Primary School provides a wonderful opportunity for interactions with the foundation level teachers at the school, creating a smooth transition as children progress through their educational journey. 

Our qualified and experienced educators acknowledge the vital role they play in the lives of every child. We strive to create a warm and welcoming environment, collaborating with families in sharing the vision of having happy, healthy children with an enthusiastic disposition for learning, and a sense of enjoyment and wonder. Through play-based learning opportunities, we aim to empower children towards achieving positive outcomes in their learning and development, guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework.

Throughout the kindergarten year, every child will explore, experiment, discover and gain essential skills that will pave the way for the wonderful journey of life. Through their connection with our community, the children will celebrate diversity, grow in their respect for themselves and others and gain confidence and skills.

Drouin West Kindergarten proudly operates under Department of Education approval and is a recognised funded kindergarten program.

Drouin West Kindergarten 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

Drouin West Kindergarten

535 Main Neerim Road
Drouin West, VIC, 3818

Tel: 03 4329 0406

Email: drouinwest@ykinders.org.au

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.


Excursions support children to explore and get to know different spaces outside of their world inside the centre. We run a variety of excursions and incursions to enhance learning and development.


We provide a rich and imaginative educational curriculum, and celebrate diversity of culture, abilities, ideas and interests.

Storypark App

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

Space to

Our outdoor and indoor play areas are designed to stimulate imaginations and encourage exploration. Specially created spaces mean that there is plenty of room to move, learn and play!

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

Drouin West Kindergarten’s enrolment process is managed centrally by the Baw Baw Shire Council and is supported by the Y Kinders’ enrolment team who will provide information and support to families on any queries relating to your child’s enrolment.

We operate both 4 year old and 3 year old free kindergarten programs on the days and times below:

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Yellow Group (2024)

Day Time
Tuesday  9.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  9.00am – 2.00pm
Friday  9.00am – 2.00pm

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Purple Group (2024)

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

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

  • Call us on 03 4311 1500
  • Email us at earlyyears@ykinders.org.au 
  • 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 Baw Baw Shire’s Central Applications 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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