Give your child the best start. Kindergarten is an important part of young children’s growth and development and attendance is strongly recommended for all children. Attending kindergarten improves children’s health and wellbeing, supports their development, helps them to develop strong social skills and encourages a love of learning. Children who go to a kindergarten program are more likely to be independent and confident and to make a smooth transition to primary school.
Our high quality kindergarten programs will offer your child a range of learning experiences and activities that are both stimulating and fun. Your child’s learning and curiosity about their world will be encouraged through different experiences and activities, such as exploring the natural world, being exposed to new ideas and solving problems.
Kindergarten is for all children and is inclusive of all children. If your child has a disability or needs additional help with their learning and development, the educators will work with you to ensure that the program and learning environment meet the needs of your child.
Research consistently shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one. In 2022, every child who is 3 or 4 years of age before 30 April in their year of enrolment will be eligible for 5 hours per week of three-year-old kindergarten, or 15 hours per week of four-year-old kindergarten.
All children will receive two years of funded kindergarten in the years prior to school, and may be eligible to receive a third year of kindergarten if they have delays in at least two areas of development. Unfortunately, general immaturity is not considered a delay so it’s important that families consider when is the right time to start kindergarten. Your child’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse or early childhood educator will be a useful resource to discuss your child’s readiness for Kindergarten