What is Kindergarten?
Kindergarten (sometimes called ‘state funded kindergarten’ or ‘preschool’) is one year of early education for children in the year before they start primary school. Kindergarten gives your child important opportunities to learn, make friends and develop skills through a play-based curriculum, it helps prepare your child for their transition to primary school.
Kindergarten is offered in a range of settings including community kindergartens, child care centres, children’s centres and schools. They are managed by volunteer parent committees and not-for-profit early years managers.
Eligible children can attend a sessional program which offers 15 hours of kindergarten per week or an integrated program which offers a combined kindergarten program (15 hours per week) and child care.
Kindergarten programs are developed and delivered by qualified degree trained Educators to deliver the National Early Years Learning Framework, Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework; they must abide by the National Education and Care Law and Regulations.
An additional subsidy is available to eligible families to provide free or low cost kindergarten.
Families not eligible for this subsidy will be required to pay an attendance fee, set by each kindergarten to cover the ‘gap’ between the Government subsidy and the cost of running the kindergarten program.
For information on costs contact our Central Enrolment Team on 8571 1817 or 8571 5332, your local kindergarten service provider, or visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Children are eligible for Early Start Kindergarten (15 hours per week) for free in the two years prior to attending school if they are aged three by 30 April in the year they will be attending and:
• Child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or
• Family has had contact with Child Protection (or has been referred to Child First) and includes children living in out of home care.
Further information about kindergarten: