During their time at Kindergarten, children discover and develop a wide variety of skills and experiences. The early years are critical in laying the foundation for children’s achievement in schooling and into adulthood.
There is a wide body of evidence showing that children’s education and care affects a child’s health, wellbeing and competence throughout their lives.
To find out more about the benefits for your child in attending a Kindergarten program see here.
Attending kindergarten is an important step for your child. It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout life as well as strengthening their enthusiasm for learning. Your child’s teacher will talk to you about your child and your family, and together you will develop a plan that suits your child’s individual needs.
Our Educators use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework to achieve the best outcomes for all the children. This Framework identifies five learning outcomes:
Young children learn about the world through play. It provides opportunity for children to use their imagination and practise important skills, whilst extending their social and emotional development, and wellbeing. Teachers and educators help children become curious, creative and confident about learning.
Please talk to the staff at your local kindergarten if you would like any further information.
Research shows that engaging children in high-quality early learning experiences benefits all children and their families. View this page for more details.
Areas to consider when thinking about sending your child to kindergarten include emotional maturity and social confidence.
Children develop at different rates and learn in different ways. Your child’s kindergarten teacher will plan activities and experiences based on your child’s interest and will help your child develop in all areas. Kindergarten Teachers use a strength-based approach to learning.
Speak to a maternal Child Health Nurse, Kindergarten Teacher or Pre-School Field Officer if you are unsure of your child’s readiness.
|If your child was born during||Year eligible to attend a 4 year old program|
|1.5.2018 – 30.4.2019||2023|
|1.5.2019 – 30.4.2020||2024|
|1.5.2020 – 30.4.2021||2025|
|1.5.2021 – 30.4.2022||2026|
A second year of funded Four Year Old Kindergarten may be considered when a child shows delays in learning and development outcome areas in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, and when:
The DET (Department of Education & Training) provides more details here.
Enrolment procedures vary depending on the Kindergarten and the Local Government Area (LGA), Shire or location of the Kindergarten.
Opening and closing dates for enrolments also vary, so it is important to check the enrolment process for your kindergarten either on this website, through the local Shire or by contacting our Y Kinders’ enrolment team.
Contact details can also be found on the local Kindergarten web pages.
Locate your kindergarten’s centre information through this list or the Find a Y Kinder page.
The Kindergarten Inclusion Support Service offers supplementary assistance to kindergartens to support the inclusion of a child with additional needs into the program. Applications are made by the Kindergarten Teacher in consultation with parents, early childhood intervention agencies and Preschool Field Officers.
Applications are made in the year prior to the child starting kindergarten and strict criteria exist for an application to be made. Please speak to the Preschool Field Officer for further information on funding availability to children with special needs.
The No Jab, No Play legislation requires that in order to finalise enrolment for your child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care you must provide the service with an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register which that shows your child is:
What is this document used for?
Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, we are unable to confirm an enrolment of a child unless the child has certification with age appropriately immunisation or has approved exemption. The Immunisation Record accessed through the Australian Immunistaion Register, will be stored on the child’s enrolment for reference.
Immunisation History Statements can be obtained from:
Can the Child Health Record be submitted to show immunisation?
Early Childhood services are no longer able to accept Child Health Records as an immunisation record.
Immunisation History Statement requirements
The Medicare logo and Australian Government crest must be present and identifiable to be considered a valid Immunisation History Statement. For example, if the Statement is on the second page of a letter from Medicare, both pages need to be presented to the service to confirm enrolment.
Families who do not hold a Medicare card must call the AIR to request an Immunisation History Statement.
A translation and interpreting service is available by calling 131 450, Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.45pm.
You may be eligible for the Support Period Exemption. Certain Criteria must be met to qualify.
Who is eligible for the support period (previously known as the “grace period”)?
Children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage are eligible to enrol in a service under a support period, without having provided proof of up to date immunisation. The support period provisions allow the family to continue to access early childhood education and care services while receiving information and assistance to get their child’s immunisations up to date and to obtain the required immunisation documentation that needs to be provided to the service.
Children eligible to be enrolled under the support/grace period include:
More information about the support/grace period is available here.
Early Years Management organisations manage services for community kindergartens and some early childhood services.
The aim of an Early Years Management (EYM) provider is to build and maintain a strong and sustainable universal kindergarten system for children, families and local communities.
The EYM is the Licensed Provider under the Department of Education. The EYM is responsible for ensuring that each of their managed services is meeting and providing adquate care under each Legislation, Regulation and Law for Early Childhood.
Y Kinders is the EYM of the Y Ballarat, supporting and managing kindergartens across the state of Victoria.
For more information about Y Kinders as an EYM visit our Join Us page.
The DE (Department of Education) provides more information about the EYM framework on their website.