Mary Beck

Our Centre

At Mary Beck Kindergarten, children are encouraged to develop confidence, independence, self-awareness and a positive self-identity. We promote a welcoming environment where parents and children feel comfortable and children’s individual needs are catered for. 

Children have the opportunity to develop warm, caring relationships with adults, and friendships with their peers. To enhance each child’s ability to succeed to their full potential at school, children are provided with activities that develop confidence, communication skills and perseverance. 

Our play-based learning environment reflects the children’s interests and ideas, provides open ended and creative experiences and caters for children’s individual needs. Our environment is child focused with two rooms zoned for different play experiences. These provide a rich range of materials, resources and opportunities in which children can engage and excel as confident learners.

Mary Beck 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

Mary Beck Kindergarten

8 Neerim Street
Neerim South, VIC, 3831

Tel: (03) 4311 1577


NQS Exceeding Logo Victorian Approved Kinder Tick

3 & 4 Year Old
Kinder Programs

We offer high quality free 3 and 4 year old play-based kindergarten programs.


Venturing out into the local area allows children to explore the world around them and interact with new experiences and people. They help children feel part of their community.

Kitchen Garden

Our Kinder has its own worm farm and vegetable garden. We grow, harvest and cook our own produce! We promote healthy eating and teach our children about the importance of healthy foods.

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 two outdoor play areas are designed to encourage learning and exploration and include a cubby house, climbing areas, swings, digging patch and a large sandpit.

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

Mary Beck 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 on any queries relating to your child’s enrolment.

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

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Blue Group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 8.45am – 1.45pm
Wednesday 8.45am – 1.45pm
Friday 8.45am – 1.45pm

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Yellow Group (2024)

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

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 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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