Kindergarten (or preschool) is an early years play-based program for children in the year before school.
In Victoria, children can attend 3-year-old and 4-year-old programs delivered by a qualified early childhood educator.
All services are monitored by the Department of Education and Training to ensure all regulatory standards are maintained.
Benefits of kindergarten
Kindergarten is recommended for all children, as the experience provides opportunities for your child to learn in an environment that:
- helps them develop language and listening skills;
- improves their confidence and independence;
- enhances physical and creative skills;
- supports their desire to learn and discover;
- increases their ability to work co-operatively with other children and adults;
- helps them to develop social skills; and
- aids their transition to school.
Choosing a kinder
There are 27 kindergartens in Banyule, an we manage Audrey Brooks Memorial Preschool and Olympic Village Preschool. All other kindergartens are either managed by an early years manager or a management committee.
Each kindergarten offers different programs and hours. Kindergarten Open Day is held on the last Saturday of February each year, and is an opportunity to visit the kindergartens of interest.
You can also contact a kindergarten to arrange a visit.
View the kindergartens in Banyule
3-year-old kindergarten programs
You need to contact each kindergarten separately to register your child in a 3-year-old program. Your child must have already turned 3 before starting.
Currently, there is no government subsidy for these sessions.
For more information about child care, please contact our Early Years team on 9490 4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.