Kindergarten services offer an early childhood education program to help prepare your child for the transition to school. There are currently ten (10) kindergartens within Golden Plains Shire.


Enrolments now open for 2023

What is Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an important step for young children and it is highly recommended that all children attend a kindergarten program.  Most children attend a Funded kindergarten program in the year before school, usually when they are four years old, however research has shown that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning and as such it is recommended for children to attend a 3 year old program as well as the 4 year old program. 

Kindergarten is a play based educational experience led by a qualified teacher.  It is beneficial in building confidence, enhancing social skills and expanding physical abilities.  Children learn to share, be self-aware, understand feelings as well as learning about literacy and numeracy, in the form of reading stories and counting objects.

Kindergarten also has benefits for families ~  It provides an opportunity for families to meet and make community connections.  Provides access to support for children with special needs and access to other community services and early intervention programs.

To find out more about how Kindergarten can assist your child, please visit: Education & Training


GPSC Kindergartens to offer 15 hours of Funded 3-year-old kindergarten from 2023

In 2023, three-year-old children will be able to access fifteen (15) hours a week of funded kindergarten led by a teacher at all services operated by Golden Plains Shire Council.  

Evidence shows that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning.  Taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age leads to positive effects on development, wellbeing and learning.  It has even more benefits for children who need extra support or are in vulnerable circumstances.

If you would like to discuss your child's readiness for kindergarten, please call the Team Leader Kindergarten on 5220 7205.


GPSC Kindergarten Sessions

2022 Kindergarten Sessions

2023 Kindergarten Sessions


Kindergarten services operated by Golden Plains Shire Council

Bannockburn Kindergarten

Inverleigh Kindergarten

Meredith Kindergarten

Rokewood Kindergarten

Teesdale Kindergarten

Enquires and assistance with bookings for council operated Kindergartens can be made by calling Bannockburn Family Services Centre (03) 5220 7230 or email: [email protected]

Community Kindergartens operated by ECKA (Eureka Community Kindergarten Association)

Haddon Kindergarten

Woady Yaloak Kindergarten

Privately operated Kindergartens

Bright Minds Early Learning

Happy Feet ELC

Kardinia Early Learning


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