Wyndham City provides kindergarten programs throughout the municipality, with the number of services expanding over time to accommodate a growing population.
Kindergarten is a unique play-based environment that encourages learning through experimentation, trial and error, watching, listening and participating. To find out more about kindergarten and why your child should attend click here to download the About Kindergarten document from the Department of Education and Training.
Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child’s development in the following key areas:
- Independence and self-confidence
- Social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
- Self-awareness and respect for others
- Emotional skills, such as understanding their own feelings and those of others
- Language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
- A joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, singing, dancing, drawing and making things together with other children their own age
- Ability to make new friends
- Exposure to new ideas and concepts
To find out more about choosing the right program for your child, click here to download Choosing a Kindergarten Program document provided by the Department of Education and Training.
When is my child eligible for Kindergarten?
Children are eligible for a Victorian State-funded year of Kindergarten in the year before they go to school. In Victoria, a child cannot attend more than one State Government funded Kindergarten program at the same time.
Your child must be four years of age by 30 April in the year that they are to attend Kindergarten.
|Child's Date of Birth||Eligible Year|
|1/5/13 - 30/4/14||2018|
|1/5/14 - 30/4/15||2019|
|1/5/15 - 30/4/16||2020|
|1/5/16 - 30/4/17||2021|
How do I know if my child ready for kindergarten?
Your child does not have to attend kindergarten as soon as they are eligible if you feel they might not be ready.
Some indicators you may wish to consider when thinking about sending your child to kindergarten include:
- Are they able to actively join in other children's play?
- Can they separate easily from me?
- Are they able to express needs clearly and be understood?
- Are they able to manage the equipment and playground at Kindergarten?
- Do they have the stamina to attend a full session?
Wyndham City Kindergartens
Wyndham City currently operates programs from the following Kindergartens:
21 Prudence Parade, Point Cook
29-49 Federation Boulevard, Truganina
34 College Road, Werribee
Dr Charles Prouse
5 Osterley Street, Werribee
33-35 Windorah Drive, Point Cook
260-280 Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing
55-57 Kookaburra Road, Hoppers Crossing
60 Honour Avenue, Wyndham Vale
59 Jamieson Way, Point Cook
64 Spring Drive, Hoppers Crossing
22 River Street, Little River
186 Werribee Street North, Werribee
3A Guinane Ave, off Mossfiel Drive, Hoppers Crossing
83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit
Point Cook CLC
1-21 Cheetham Street, Point Cook
28 Parramatta Road, Werribee
153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook
150 Sunset Views Boulevard, Tarneit
Tarneit Central *
21-23 Brinbrook Street, Tarneit
85-95 Walls Road, Werribee
Truganina East ELC**
49 Mainview Boulevard, Truganina
7 Vista Way, Wyndham Vale
7-13 Wilmington Avenue, Hoppers Crossing
80 Woodville Park Drive, Hoppers Crossing
86 Manor Lakes Boulevard, Manor Lakes
55 Maple Crescent, Hoppers Crossing
**Not-for-profit community based service provider bestchance will manage and deliver the Kindergarten program at Truganina East.*Not-for-profit community based service provider Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) manages and delivers the Kindergarten programs at Alamanda and Tarneit Central Kindergartens, which are co-located on school sites.
If you wish to visit a Council Kindergarten, please phone the Centre to arrange an appointment time. Council only accepts applications for its own Kindergartens. Funded Kindergarten places are also available in community-based Kindergartens, long day care centres and some private schools. Families who wish to enrol in any of these services should contact those Centres directly.
3½ - 4 year old Health Check
You need to make an appointment to see a Maternal and Child Health Nurse for your child’s 3½ - 4 year old Health Check and have them ready for Kindergarten. To book a visit complete the online registration form or call 9742 8148.
What happens at the Health Check?
During the appointment the Nurse will check your child’s:
- Oral health
- Vision screening
- Offer advice on parenting support, safety and kindergarten information.
If you are a parent or carer who receives an income support payment at any time during the financial year in which your child turns four, your child is required to undergo a health check. If the health check is not completed, part or all of your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child will be withheld.
Click here for more information from the Department of Social Services about health checks for your children.
Universal access to early childhood education ensures that a quality, early childhood education program is available for all children in the year before full time school. Wyndham City offers families a range of kindergarten programs delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 15 hours per week or 600 hours a year.
The ongoing provision of 15 hours of kindergarten per week is subject to Federal and State Government funding with a decision to be made in the middle of 2017. Depending on this decision, programs may be changed to 10 hour of kindergarten per week, and as such a new timetable will be released.
We ask for your help to campaign the government and ensure this essential funding reaches our children. To sign the petition, please click here
No Jab No Play
The No Jab No Play legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016. Under this new legislation, children will be required to have their immunisations up to date or have an approved exemption in order to commence kindergarten.
For further information, please visit the Health website.
How does this affect enrolling children in Kindergarten in 2018?
An Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register or Immunisation Status Certificate from a medical practitioner must be produced prior to your child commencing Kindergarten showing immunisations are up to date. This is a condition of being able to commence Kindergarten. Evidence of a catch up program can be produced in cases where children are late with immunisations.
Immunisation History Statements can be requested at any time by contacting Medicare:
- Phone: 1800 653 809
- Email email@example.com
- Website: Department of Health website
- Visit your local Medicare Office.
Wyndham City Council’s Immunisations Team is able to provide assistance to families obtaining the required immunisation evidence to commence Kindergarten. Wyndham's Immunisation Officers can be contacted on 9742 0736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Families who need further assistance on Kindergarten enrolment should contact an Enrolment Officer on 9742 8147 or email@example.com to discuss their individual situation.
Immunisation schedule and catch up programs
A comprehensive childhood immunisation service is provided by Wyndham City and offered free to all children eligible for a Medicare Card. The Immunisations Team is available to discuss your child’s immunisation program and give the required vaccines.
Catch up programs can be tailored for children who are late with immunisations. Children from overseas can have their records transferred to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. It is preferred that families who wish to discuss transferring records from overseas notify the Immunisation Team before attending as the complexities of overseas immunisation can be time consuming. An appointment is usually made prior to attending a scheduled immunisation session.