Kindergarten for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

​Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can get up to 15 hours of free kindergarten each week. To be eligible, your child must turn three or four years old by 30​​ April in the year they go to kindergarten.​

This program is called "Koorie Kids Shine".

Benefits of kindergarten

Kindergarten is important for children. Research has shown that early education helps set children up for a bright future. In kindergarten they learn skills that they will take with them throughout their life.

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.

Enrol your child in kindergarten

To enrol your child, speak to your local council or your closest Koorie Engagement Coordinator:

  • Ballarat: 5337 8444
  • Benalla: 1300 333 231
  • Bendigo: 5440 3111
  • Coburg: 9488 9488
  • Dandenong: 8765 5600
  • Footscray: 8397 0300
  • Geelong: 5225 1000
  • Glen Waverly: 1300 333 231
  • Horsham: 5310 5329
  • Mildura: 5051 1321
  • Moe: 5127 0400


Stories of Koorie kids at kindergarten

Posters and flyers

Help us spread the word about Koorie Kids Shine by sharing our social media posts, content and videos. Order print materials using our online form, or download and print your own copies using the links below.

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Posters and flyers for promoting at your kindergarten: