Kindergarten for culturally and linguistically diverse children

Kindergarten is important for all 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.

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 or caregiver, are supported and encouraged to be a part of your 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.

Respecting cultural identity

Kindergarten groups will often have a number of children from different cultures and backgrounds. All children should feel welcome, regardless of their background.

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. 

Enrol your child in kindergarten

To be eligible for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten, your child must turn four years old by 30 April in the year they go to kindergarten.

Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is also available in some locations and is being rolled out across Victoria.

To enrol your child, speak to your local council or your closest kindergarten: Find a school or early childhood service.

Stories of CALD communities at kindergarten

School readiness

 

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How to enrol in kindergarten

 

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Enrol your child in kindergarten

At kindergarten, your child will make new friends, enjoy fun activities and get ready for school.

Your child will:

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

Kindergarten programs have a qualified teacher and run for 15 hours per week.

If your child turns 3 or 4 years old by 30 April they can attend kindergarten for 15 hours per week.

For more information visit: [Link to this webpage: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/kindergarten-cald.aspx]

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At kindergarten, your child will make new friends, enjoy fun activities and get ready for school. Enrol today! [Link to this webpage: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/kindergarten-cald.aspx]

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Kindergarten is a program where your child can have fun and learn through play and activities.  Your child can socialise with other children, develop confidence, and build reading, writing and maths skills to help them get ready for school. [Link to this webpage: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/kindergarten-cald.aspx]

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Children make new friends, enjoy fun activities and get ready for school when they go to kinder. Enrol your child today! [Link to this webpage: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/kindergarten-cald.aspx]