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.
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
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.
Early Years Coordinator
PO Box 84
Camperdown, VIC 3260
03 5593 7100