Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

Koorie Kids Shine at kindergarten. 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.

Kindergarten is important for 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.

A young indigenous boy holds up his hand which is covered in paintKoorie Kids Shine at kindergarten

Kindergarten classes will often have a number of students from different cultures and backgrounds.

In kindergarten your child will learn to build their own sense of identity and how their own culture relates to the diversity in the world around them.

"I sent my children to kinder because I wanted them to be ready for school. Kinder made them smart, proud, strong and resilient. Now they're sending their children too." - Aunty Esme

Respecting cultural identity

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

Why kindergarten?

Kindergarten will help your child learn the skills they need that will help them do well in future years at school. It will help them 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.

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

What happens at kindergarten?

At kindergarten, your child can:

  • learn through play, art, music and dance
  • learn to express themselves in a safe, inclusive and caring environment
  • build skills and confidence to prepare them for school.

Find a kindergarten in your area

To find a kindergarten in your local area, visit:

Enrolling your child in kindergarten

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



Please help us spread the word about Koorie Kids Shine by sharing our social media posts, content and videos, and encouraging parents to enrol their children today.

Thank you for your support.

Images are cropped to social media sizes for your convenience.

Please use the suggested copy to share with your communities in your newsletters:

Posters and flyers for promoting at your kindergarten:

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



A message from Jenny Mikakos Minister for Families and Children


Further information

To order Koorie Kids Shine posters, postcards or flyers, email: dagostino.melissa.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information on Early Start Kindergarten, see: