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.
Download the DET Information Sheet – Why should my child go to a Kindergarten program?
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|
|1.5.2017 – 30.4.2018||2022|
|1.5.2018 – 30.4.2019||2023|
|1.5.2019 – 30.4.2020||2024|
|1.5.2020 – 30.4.2021||2025|
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 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.
Families have the option of choosing to pay kindergarten fees either by Direct Debit over 9 monthly instalments or paying the full fee upfront and in advance, unless they are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy for the kindergarten, where offered.
If your child is attending a 3 Year Old Kindergarten program, fees are dependent on the Government’s funded 3 year old kindergarten program. Services may differ in the number of hours offered depending on where they are in the roll-out program. Some services offer additional hours in both the 3 Year Old and 4 Year offer Old programs which are outside the current funded hours, these additional hours will attract parent fees.
If families elect to pay by direct debit, they may cancel this arrangement at a later date, if they decide to pay the fees in full. For 2022 places, this means that if the Direct Debit option is chosen, no fees are required until March 2022. Similarly if enrolling in 2022 for 2023, no fees are required until March 2023. Families can then pay the full amount before the year commences, cancelling out the Direct Debit agreement.
Families not eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy or free kindergarten, are required to return a completed and signed Fee Agreement Form, which is sent out via email with a link when a place is offered. This needs to be submitted in order to secure a place in a kindergarten program.
The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy is available for children attending a 4 year old (funded) Kindergarten program or funded 3 year old Kindergarten who meet the criteria. More information
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 AIR which that shows your child is:
What is this document used for?
This is used to finalise enrolment. To accept an offered place at a service, you must provide the service with an Immunisation History Statement.
This would usually be done within two months before your child is due to start at the service.
Immunisation History Statements can be obtained from:
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 Grace Period Exemption. Certain Criteria must be met to qualify.
Who is eligible for the grace period?
Children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage are eligible to enrol in a service under a grace period, without having provided proof of up to date immunisation. The grace 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 grace period include:
More information about the grace period is available here.
Early Years Management organisations manage services for community kindergartens and some early childhood services.
Early Years Management (EYM) aims to build a stronger, more sustainable universal kindergarten system for children and families.
Y Kinders is an EYM supporting and managing kindergartens across the state of Victoria.
For more information about Y Kinders as an EYM visit our Join Us page.
The DET (Department of Education and Training) provides more information about the EYM framework on their website.