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 the Golden Plains Shire.
Following the end of the lockdown for Golden Plains Shire, all Council operated kindergarten, family day care and occasional care services will re-open to all residents in regional Victoria (except Greater Shepparton) from 8.30am Friday 10 September. For information on services and programs available, please call Bannockburn Family Service Centre Administration on 5220 7230 or email: [email protected]. For information on all changes to Council's services, facilities and events, click here.
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 commuity services and early intervention programs.
To find out more about how Kindergarten can assist your child, please visit: Education & Training
GPSC Kindergartens to offer 5 hours of Funded 3-year-old kindergarten from 2022
In 2022 three-year-old children will be able to access five hours a week of funded kindergarten led by a teacher at all services operated by the Golden Plains Shire Council. This will progressively scale up to reach a full 15-hour program over the coming years.
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.
Kindergarten services offered by the Golden Plains Shire
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]
2021 Kindergarten Sessions
Stage 1 - The Registration Process
Stage 2 - Offers & Documentation
* Dates are indicative only.
Community Kindergartens operated by ECKA (Eureka Community Kindergarten Association)
Privately operated Kindergartens