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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 (Pre-Kindergarten) program as well as the 4 year old (Funded) 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

Kindergarten services offered by the Golden Plains Shire

  Service   Location   Contact Details    

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Bannockburn Children's Service^

Offers Sessional & Long Day 4yo Kindergarten
Tours Welcomed and Encouraged



2A Pope Street, Bannockburn  VIC  3331

0352921931  (03) 5220 7230
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Meredith Kindergarten*

Offers both Pre-Kindergarten & Funded Kindergarten programs


4 Russell Street, Meredith VIC  3333

0352921931  (03) 5286 0722
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Inverleigh Kindergarten*

Offers both Pre-Kindergarten & Funded Kindergarten Programs


23 Dundas Street, Inverleigh  VIC  3321

0352921931  (03) 5265 1307
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Rokewood Kindergarten*

Offers both Pre-Kindergarten & Funded Kindergarten Programs


38 Aitchison Street, Rokewood  VIC  3330

0352921931  (03) 5346 1276
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Offers both Pre-Kindergarten & Funded Kindergarten Programs


1107 Bannockburn-Shelford Road, Teesdale  VIC  3328

0352921931  (03) 5281 5488
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*Operated by Golden Plains Shire Council in partnership with local volunteer committee

^Operated by Golden Plains Shire Council

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]


2020 Kindergarten Sessions

Click here to view the 2020 Kindergarten sessions.


Enrolment Process

Stage 1 - The Registration Process

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Stage 2 - Offers & Documentation

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* Dates are indicative only.

Community Kindergartens (not operated by Golden Plains Shire Council)

  Service   Location   Contact Details
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Haddon Preschool Centre ^^


28 Haddon-Windermere Road, Haddon VIC 3351

0352921931  (03) 5342 4817
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Woady.PNG Woady Yaloak Kindergarten ^^  

25 Pitfield Road, Scarsdale VIC 3351

0352921931  (03) 4213 5005
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Bright Minds Early Learning **

Centre hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Tours Welcome



17 Archer Way, Bannockburn VIC 3331

0352921931  (03) 5292 1931
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Happy Feet Early Learning Centre **

Centre hours: 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday
Kinder hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
Tours available during centre opening hours

1 Saffin Court, Bannockburn VIC 3331



0352921931  (03) 4213 5005
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 ^^Operated by Eureka Community Kindergarten Association in partnership with local volunteer committee

**Privately owned


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Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 12:53pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.