Kindergarten (Preschool)


Kindergarten is an important step for young children. Research has shown that:

  • early education helps set children up for a bright future
  • attending 2 years of quality kindergarten has even greater benefits
  • at kindergarten children learn skills that they will take with them throughout their life.

What your child learns

Kindergarten programs are delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. They're designed to improve your child’s development in:

  • social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
  • self-awareness and respect for others
  • emotional skills, for example understanding their feelings
  • language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
  • joy of learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other children their own age
  • ability to make new friends
  • exposure to new ideas and concepts.

Kindergarten also gives families

  • opportunities to meet other families and make community connections
  • access to support for children with special needs
  • access to other community services.

All children can attend kindergarten at 3 years old. This gives them 2 years of kindergarten before they start school.

Kindergarten is free and supports every Victorian child to get the best start in life.

Kindergartens (preschools) are managed at a community level and adhere to regulatory standards monitored by the Department of Education. Council is only responsible for the buildings that some of these groups use.

Kindergartens (from our community directory)