Kindergarten programs are delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. They are designed to improve your child’s development in:
- social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
- self-awareness and respect for others
- emotional skills, for example understanding their feelings
- language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
- a joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other children their own age
- ability to make new friends
- exposure to new ideas and concepts.
Kindergarten gives families:
- opportunities to meet other families and make community connections
- access to support for children with special needs
- access to other community services.
A child’s kindergarten readiness takes into account the child’s developmental level and social readiness, as well as their age.
Please speak to your Early Childhood professional or Maternal and Child Health Nurse to discuss your child's readiness.
Parents must consider the year they wish their child to start school before enrolling in a kindergarten program.
Kindergartens are located in a number of areas across the Corangamite Shire, offering kindergarten programs for both three and four year olds.
Council coordinates the following kindergarten programs as an Early Years Manager.
Cobden and District Kindergarten
03 5595 1373
Derrinallum Kindergarten *
03 5597 6694
Lismore Kindergarten *
03 5596 2221
03 5340 2208
Simpson and District Kindergarten
03 5594 3401
Terang Children’s Centre
03 5592 1383
Timboon and District Kindergarten
03 5598 3248
*Lismore and Derrinallum are jointly managed as the Western Plains Kindergarten and the service is shared between venues.
The Corangamite Shire is an Early Years Manager. Early Years Management (EYM) is when a number of kindergartens are managed by the one organisation.
Corangamite Shire Council through Early Years Management operates in partnership with the kindergarten voluntary parent groups. This enable parents to have greater involvement in their child’s development and learning through the planned educational program.
Parents have an important role to support the operation of the service and participate in fundraising and social activities.
Kindergarten Programs Managed outside of Early Years Management
Baranbali Camperdown Kindergarten
(03) 5593 1936
Banana Splits Childcare
Camperdown VIC 3260
Phone: (03) 5593 2392
With current restrictions on visitors to our Kindergartens continuing to be in place we have been working on creative ways to get important orientation information to families.
Please find below a virtual Kindergarten orientation question & answer session developed and presented by our teachers and co-educators. While there is lots of information provided it will not be inclusive of all the questions you may have, please feel welcome to call our Kindergartens directly or send any questions through to our Family & Children’s services team.
Three-year-old kindergarten will be available at Corangamite Kindergartens from 2021. This means an extra year of learning, play and making friends.
Subsidised by the Victorian Government, and delivered locally, every child who is 3 years of age before 30 April in their year of enrolment will be eligible for up to 15 hours per week of kindergarten.
Research consistently shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one. The skills children learn set the foundation for the rest of their lives.
In a kindergarten program, children enjoy play-based learning. Teachers support children to develop curiosity, concentration, resilience and creativity. Through play they learn language skills, basic maths concepts, how to regulate their behaviour and get along with others.
Families who meet the following criteria can access the programs at no cost if the child:
- is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- is a triplet or quadruplet
- is covered by a Health Care Card
- holds an eligible concession card or refugee, humanitarian or asylum seeker visa, or their parent or guardian does
For more information, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/3yokinder
Four-year-old kindergarten is offered for 15 hours per week at all Corangamite Kindergartens. Children must be 4 years of age by 30 April 2020. Families with a health care card, refugee status, are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or pension card will be eligible for free kindergarten. Term fees will apply for all other enrolments.
Depending on need, staff availability and service capacity, programs may be run as integrated programs (combined groups) or straight age groups over 7.5 or 5 hour days. Families are asked to indicate their preferences on their Registration Form and we will work to match preferences of families wherever we can.
Second Year of Four-Year-Old Kindergarten
A second year of funded kindergarten may be considered when a child may need extra support and educational opportunities in key outcomes of learning and development.
An assessment is carried out for each child when a second year is being considered and families are an important part of this process.
- Children who turn 3 years of age by 30 April 2021 are eligible for 3-year-old-kindergarten.
- Children who turn 4 years of age by 30 April 2021 are eligible for 4-year-old kindergarten.
- Registrations for kindergarten programs in 2021 close on 26 June 2020.
- Only completed registrations made on the current online Kindergarten Registration Form will be accepted.
- During term 3, 2020, families will have a letter of offer sent to them. Confirmation of acceptance will be required by a specified date. If not received by due date, the allocation of a place will be applied to the next eligible child on the waiting list.
- After 26 June 2020, where vacancies occur at a kindergarten, a place will be offered based on the priority of access criteria.
- Days and hours of operation may change from year to year. Please indicate on your registration form if you have a preference for days and/or times.
- Final acceptance of an enrolment is only given after proof-of-age and immunisation status has been provided (e.g. Birth Certificate or Passport) and enrolment form completed.
- We are unable to defer your registration if you wish to withdraw your child or defer their enrolment. You will need to re-register for the following year. Should you wish to cancel or withdraw your child’s registration, please contact the Kindergarten Registration Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5593 7100.
- In line with the State Government Kindergarten Funding Guidelines, kindergartens are unable to offer more than one year each of subsidised three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten unless exceptional circumstances exist and prior approval is granted by the Department of Education and Training. Further information about the Kindergarten Funding Guide is available at education.vic.gov.au.
- Applications for "Early Start" Kindergarten are open to children who turn three (3) years old by 30 April in the year they are attending kindergarten. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, OR
have a current or a history of involvement with Child Protection, including those in Out-of-Home Care, or a child who has been referred by Child Protection to Child FIRST, Integrated Family Services or Services Connect.
Applications received after the closing date of 26 June, 2020 (late registrations) will be placed on the central waiting list for consideration after initial registrations are processed. Placements from the waiting list are made according to kindergarten preferences, available vacancies and priority of access.
How much does kindergarten cost?
Fees are set annually.
Contact the Early Years Coordinator on 5593 7100 for the current fees.
Parents with a Healthcare Card or pension card, or children with one, are eligible for a reduction on fees if a copy of their current Healthcare Card or pension card is provided to the Shire.
Accounts for fees are sent out four times each year (once each term) and are payable to the Corangamite Shire.
Useful Department of Education & Training links