Local kindergartens operate from a range of service environments including stand-alone centres; long day childcare centres; and integrated child and family centres where they are located alongside other children's services and program activities.
Kindergartens aim to develop children's individual social, emotional, intellectual, physical and language abilities in the year prior to commencing primary school.
Children are eligible to attend kindergarten if the child turns 4 years of age on or before 30th April in the year of attendance.
Enrolment at a kindergarten can be arranged directly through your local kindergarten or alternatively contact the relevant kindergarten cluster management provider. There is generally high demand for available kindergarten places, which are limited for each kindergarten by operating regulations.
Consequently kindergartens can have waiting lists well in advance of the actual year of your child's commencement.
Sessional kindergarten enrolment for 2018 are now open for registration.
Fees charged by individual kindergartens vary considerably and should be determined through inquiry at your local kindergarten.
An additional preschool fee subsidy is paid by the Victorian Government to help reduce the cost of preschool for eligible families who have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
Most kindergartens also conduct fund raising activities associated with their operation throughout the year to assist with operational costs and providing new resources and equipment for the children.
Some kindergartens are managed by voluntary parent committees. This provides an opportunity for parents to become closely involved in the operation and development of the kindergarten.
Other kindergartens are operated or managed by schools, church organisations, childcare centres, or kindergarten cluster managers.
Children enrolled in kindergarten participate in a variety of activities that reflect age appropriate interests and skills.
Kindergartens extend a child's knowledge of themselves and others as well as helping children understand their social environment.
Children have the opportunity to be involved in creative activities, develop physical skills, increase independence and develop positive self-awareness and confidence.
To find your closest kindergarten, please view the directory of Kindergartens in Geelong or also view Child Care Centres.