Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

Kindergarten is important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Research has shown that early education helps set children up for a bright future by teaching them skills that they will take with them throughout their life.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who turn 3 or 4 years old by 30 April can attend kindergarten for up to 15 hours per week for free.

Koorie Kids Shine

These digital stories aim to promote the importance and the benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children attending kindergarten.

Digital story 1 focuses on key messages from Aboriginal families and community members about the importance of attending kindergarten, the benefits, how it’s easy to enrol and that it is free for up to 15 hours a week for three and four year old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Digital story 2 focuses on what kindergartens are doing or can do to be culturally inclusive and welcoming to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Jenny Mikakos Minister for Families and Children


Digital Stories



Why kindergarten?

Kindergarten helps children learn the skills they need that will help them do well in future years at school. It helps children to:

  • Build their sense of identity
  • Explore how they fit into the world around them
  • Learn how to communicate with others
  • Strengthen their physical, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Promote confidence in learning and trying new things

Parents are supported and encouraged to be a part of their child’s education, helping to build on the learning that their child is already doing at home.

Respecting cultural identity

Kindergarten classes will often have a number of students from different cultures and backgrounds. In kindergarten children learn to build their own sense of identity and how their own culture relates to the diversity in the world around them.

All families are encouraged to talk with their child’s teacher about their own cultures and beliefs, and how these can be incorporated into the activities at kindergarten.

Enrolling your child in kindergarten

To enrol your child, speak to your local council or your local Koorie Engagement Coordinator at your regional DET office:


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