Kindergartens

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Overview

Kindergarten is an important step for all young children.  It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their life.

At kindergarten, your child will grow socially and emotionally.  Their ability to think, use and recognise language and to use their fine motor skills will be developed through play, art, dance, music, movement and interaction with others.  Fine motor skills include the ability to handle and pick up small objects, transfer objects from hand to hand, and various hand-eye coordination tasks, such as cutting, drawing, writing or threading beads.

Most importantly, your child will be learning to be an engaged and effective learner as they develop and extend their communication skills; begin to understand social studies and science; develop skills that assist with reading, writing and mathematics; learn to be creative; and build self-confidence.

Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child’s development in the following key areas:

  • 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 also provides families with access to:

  • support and assistance for children with special needs
  • resources and links to community support services

The Victorian Government provides funding to make kindergarten fees affordable so that all children have the opportunity to participate in a kindergarten program in the year before school.  This is usually when they are four years old.

To be eligible to attend a funded kindergarten program in the year before school, children must be at last 4 years old by 30 April in their funded kindergarten year.  Each child develops at their own rate and although child’s age may make them eligible to start kindergarten other factors may impact on their readiness for such an experience.

Some children are better to delay entry for a year and gain more confidence through playgroup, childcare and three year old kindergarten. To help you make a decision about when to start your child at kindergarten, it may be useful to visit one to see how the program operates and see firsthand what the expectations are.  This may also be a good time to discuss any questions or concerns that you have with the kindergarten teacher. Alternatively you may like to discuss any concerns other parents who may have delayed their child’s entry into kindergarten, the Foundation teacher (Prep) three year old teacher, educator or Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Parents must consider the year they wish their child to start school before enrolling in a kindergarten program.

Corangamite Shire Kindergarten Programs

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
Victoria Street
Cobden
03 5595 1373

Derrinallum Kindergarten *
Robertson Street
Derrinallum
03 5597 6694

Lismore Kindergarten *
William Street
Lismore
03 5596 2221

Skipton Kindergarten
Montgomery Street
Skipton
03 5340 2208

Simpson and District Kindergarten
Barramul Street
Simpson
03 5594 3401

Terang Children’s Centre
Dow Street
Terang
03 5592 1383

Timboon and District Kindergarten
Wark Street
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
Campbell Street
Camperdown
(03) 5593 1936
baranbali.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Banana Splits Childcare
Fergusson Street
Camperdown VIC 3260
Phone: (03) 5593 2392
bananasplits@bigpond.com

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.

Kindergarten 3 year old enrolment information

Thank you for considering enrolling your child in a Corangamite Shire Council Kindergarten Service.  Please note session details are determined once enrolments have been received and may vary from year to year due to enrolment numbers.

  1. Enrolment Applications should be received by 28 June 2019. Parent/carers are reminded that a place for every application received by the closing date cannot be guaranteed. Applications which are received once sessions are full or after the due date may be placed on a waiting list. Please refer to the Enrolment Policy for Priority of Access criteria.

    It is the policy of the Corangamite Shire Council, in line with school and Kindergarten enrolments, that all children must be 3 years of age on 30 April 2020 to access a 3 year old Kindergarten program.  Children are not able to attend the program until they have turned 3 years of age.  Council’s 3 year old programs are either ‘stand-alone’ or ‘integrated’ into the program for 4 year old children.  The decision to provide a ‘stand-alone’ or ‘integrated’ program is at the discretion of Council.  Council considers the needs of families, availability of staff, funding guidelines, regulations and financial viability when making this decision.

    Children turning three during the year of enrolment. Full payment from the first day of Term 1 is required if a place is to be reserved.

  2. Proof of your child’s date of birth and immunisation history must accompany the enrolment form. Under National Regulations we cannot confirm your enrolment until this documentation is received.  Proof of date of birth can be a copy of a birth certificate or passport; and the immunisation history may be a copy of a printout from the National Register of Immunisation. 

  3. Council will send an acknowledgement upon receipt of your child’s application.  Families will be advised by the Corangamite Shire Council in Term 4 of their child’s session times, fees and date of orientation day.

  4. If you would like your child to complete their final Key Ages and Stages (3.5 year check) with the Maternal & Child Health Nurse  prior to your child commencing kindergarten please contact Corangamite Shire  Council Maternal Child Health Service on 1800 552 902 to make an appointment.

Enrol here

Incomplete applications  - If an application is incomplete and the required documentation is not received your child’s application will not be processed.

Kindergarten 4 year old enrolment information

Thank you for considering enrolling your child in a Corangamite Shire Council Kindergarten Service.  Please note session details are determined once enrolments have been received and may vary from year to year due to enrolment numbers.

  1. The Department of Education and Training in conjunction with Corangamite Shire Council provide a funded 4 year old kindergarten program for each child in the year before they start school.

    Your child must be four years old on 30 April 2020 to attend a kindergarten program.

  2. Enrolment applications should be received by 28 June 2019. There are limitations on numbers at each Centre and a place for every application received by the closing date cannot be guaranteed.
    Kindergarten places will be offered according to Councils Priority of Access (Refer to Enrolment Policy). Applications which are received once sessions are full or late applications may be placed on a waiting list. Please refer to the Enrolment Policy for Priority of Access criteria for more information.

    NOTE:
     Kindergarten places will not be allocated to children until any substantial debt owed by the family to Corangamite Shire is paid or a payment plan is agreed to between the family and Council (Refer to Fees Policy).

  3. Proof of your child’s date of birth and immunisation history must accompany the enrolment form. Under National Regulations we cannot confirm your enrolment until this documentation is received.  Proof of date of birth can be a copy of a birth certificate or passport; and the immunisation history may be a copy of a printout from the National Register of Immunisation. 

  4. Council will send an acknowledgement upon receipt of your child’s application. Families will be sent additional information in Term 4 to confirm their child’s session times, fees and orientation details.

  5. To receive the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy, a copy of your current Health Care Card or Pension Card must accompany this application. If you commence receiving a Health Care Card or Pension Card during 2019 please forward a copy to our offices. It is important that this be done as soon as possible.

    If the card expires during 2020 you will be charged full term fees after the expiry date until you provide a copy of your updated card.  

  6. Kindergarten services are now required to collect information from all parents and guardians about their education and employment.

  7. If you would like your child to complete their final Key Ages and Stages (3.5 year check) with the Maternal & Child Health Nurse  prior to your child commencing kindergarten please contact Corangamite Shire  Council Maternal Child Health Service on 1800 552 902 to make an appointment.
     
  8. If your child will turn six years of age (compulsory school age) before or while attending their first or second year of funded kindergarten please contact the Early Years Coordinator for more information on how to apply for school exemption.

Enrol here

Incomplete applications  - If an application is incomplete and the required documentation is not received your child’s application will not be processed.

Related information

Contact Details

Early Years Coordinator
Corangamite Shire
PO Box 84
Camperdown, VIC  3260
03 5593 7100
shire@corangamite.vic.gov.au