What is Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is a unique play-based learning environment that promotes children’s learning and development through experimentation, trial and error, watching, listening and participating. It is provided as part of a sessional Kindergarten program and can also be incorporated into a Long Day Care Program. Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child’s development in the following key areas:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects;
  • Independence and self-confidence;
  • Social skills, such as 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;
  • 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

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK)

Research demonstrates that early and sustained participation in quality education and care is especially beneficial for vulnerable children and can improve lifelong social, learning and development outcomes.

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provide eligible three-year-old children with access to up to 15 hours of kindergarten per week (or 600 hours per year) for free. ESK is available for children who are three years old by 30 April in the year they are enrolled to attend the program and who are either:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Known to Child Protection or have been referred by Child Protection to Child FIRST
  • In Out-of-home care*; or
  • Child/Parent have Refugee or Asylum Seeker status**.

To find out more and to watch a video on the benefits of Early Start Kindergarten visit Victoria Government - Types of Kindergarten Programs.

Please note: For Early Start Kindergarten applications please complete a paper registration form or contact Community Support and Enrolment Officer on 1300 370 567 for more information on how to register your child.

* Out-of-home care is the term used to describe the placement of children away from their parents due to concerns that they are at risk of significant harm.

** Eligible Visa Subclasses: 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 449, 785, 786, 790, 866, Bridging visa for any of the previously listed visas, ImmiCard

3-Year-Old Kindergarten

3-year-old Kindergarten is a one-year program for young children delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before they are eligible to attend the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten program.

In 2022, Wyndham City is proud to deliver a funded Three-Year-Old kindergarten program, in collaboration with Victorian State Government. A Kindergarten Funded program means that the government will help Wyndham City Council with the cost of your child attending and helps keep your fees low. For more information on funded 3-year-old kindergarten, please visit the Education Victoria website.

All children are eligible to access the funded Kindergarten program for 5 hours per week.

Groups will vary in size according to licenced capacity, up to a maximum of 22 children with a 1:11 Staff/Child ratio.

Three-Year-Old Kinder in 2022

Are you a parent/carer of a child and might be starting to think about 3 year old kindergarten?

Do you want to know more about two years of funded kindergarten in the Wyndham area?

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

4-year-old Kindergarten is a one-year program for young children delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before they are eligible to commence primary school.

All children are eligible to access a funded Kindergarten program for 15 hours per week for 40 weeks (or 600 hours) in the year before commencing school. (15 hours is provisional on the continuation of Government funding).

Groups will vary in size according to licensed capacity, up to a maximum of 33 children with a 1:11 Staff/Child ratio. Please note that some groups incorporate a team-teaching model, where 2 or more educators work together to deliver the Kindergarten program.

Integrated Kindergarten Programs

Some Long Day Care services offer an integrated Kindergarten program. Integrated programs give families access to high quality Kindergarten and long day care all under one roof.

Currently Wyndham does not have any services that offer this service on its Central Registration Scheme, however to find a list of Long Day Care services in Wyndham that may offer this please click here.

Three-Year-Old Kinder Infrastructure Strategy

The Victorian Government is investing nearly $5 billion over a decade to introduce universal funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten – giving our children an extra year of learning, playing and making friends.  Children in Wyndham will benefit from a minimum of 5 hours of funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten from 2022.  This will be progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week by 2029. 

In Wyndham, universal funded kindergarten is delivered by a range of providers through a variety of service models, including both long day care and sessional kindergarten. Council recognises that families require flexible options and a diversity of service models to meet their needs.

To support the roll-out of the reforms, the Department of Education and Training (DET) is leading the development of the Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP) for each Local Government in Victoria.  The purpose of the KISP is to agree on:

  • the current supply (or capacity) and demand for funded kindergarten in Wyndham
  • forecast demand for Three and Four-Year Old Kindergarten
  • expectations about how demand growth will be accommodated over the roll-out (for example, the use of existing capacity and building new or expanded capacity, and the role of different types of provision).

The KISP will assist Wyndham City, not-for-profit providers and for-profit providers in making decisions about when and where new kindergarten programs may be required to meet community demand.  It will also be used by the state government to make decisions about infrastructure funding investment.

For more information on the KISP please go to the Department of Education and Training website.

View the Wyndham City Kindergarten Infrastructure and Service Plan

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