About Kindergarten

Going to kindergarten is an important step for your child. It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their life.

At kindergarten your child will grow socially and emotionally. Their ability to think, use and recognise language and their fine motor skills will be developed through play, art, dance, music, movement and interacting with others. Most importantly, your child will be learning to become an effective learner as they develop and extend their communication skills, build their self-confidence, learn to be creative, and develop skills that assist them with reading, writing and mathematics.

Children go to kindergarten in the year before school, usually when they are four years old. However, some services and centres also offer kindergarten programs for three-year-old children.

You can enrol your child in a funded kindergarten program in a variety of settings, including children’s centres, long day care centres, community kindergartens, independent schools and a small number of government schools. A range of organisations manage these programs including local government, parent committees, community organisations, private operators, independent schools and some government schools.

Fifteen hour programs

Victoria provides all children with access to a quality early childhood education program for 15 hours a week in the year before they start school.

There is significant benefit for children in attending a quality early childhood education program. Increasing kindergarten hours and access to programs in a range of different early childhood settings further increases that benefit.

Providing all children access to quality 15 hour early childhood education programs in the year before school:

  • Recognises that quality early childhood education programs improve children’s learning, health and behaviour with positive impacts extending into adult life.
  • Enables children and families to have access to a high quality developmental program in a range of settings such as public, private and community-based kindergartens and child care services.
  • Supports a successful transition to school.
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More information

The following publications have further related information about kindergarten services.