Registrations for kindergarten programs for three-year-olds and four-year-olds in 2024 are now open.
First round registrations close on Friday, June 23, 2023.
Sessional Kindergartens and Fees
Children will attend kindergarten for 15 hours per week for both 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten (three 5 hour sessions or two 7.5 hour session).
Sessional Kindergarten in 2024 will be free for all children, this means your child will receive 15 hours of kindergarten per week at no cost in 2024.
Early Learning Centre Kindergartens and Fees
A 15 hour per week kindergarten program is offered (three 5 hours sessions) at the three WCC Early Learning Centres.
Florence Collins Kinder 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Care & education Mon - Fri 7.30am – 6.00pm)
Matron Swinton Kinder 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Care & education Mon – Fri 8.00am – 6.00pm)
Sherwood Park Kinder 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Care & education Mon – Fri 8.00am – 6.00pm)
These services are open Monday to Friday throughout the year (excluding public holidays and Christmas closure), with childcare offered either side of the kindergarten hours and during school holidays.
All families are charged for child care during the school holidays. Fees are charged at a daily rate and families using these services may be eligible for child care subsidy. Proposed 2024 full daily fee for WCC Early Learning Kindergarten is $125.00 per day.
For kindergarten at our Early Learning Centres in 2024 fees will be charged, however you will receive a subsidy of $2,050 per year. At the beginning of each month $205.00 will be credited to your account for 10 months to reduce your kindergarten fees.
Please note these services start earlier than the other Sessional Kindergarten programs, operating a child care program during January.
Our kindergartens offer programs that promote learning through active engagement and play. In our high quality early childhood services, your child will experience active indoor and outdoor play, music, movement and creative expression, positive adult- child interactions and use their whole body and mind to be absorbed in learning.
Early Years Framework
Our Early Years Services work within the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, which describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
- Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just 'be', time to play, try new things and have fun.
- Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from any early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
- Believe children are capable, competent, co-contributors and active participants in their own learning.
- Acknowledge and value each child's cultural background and our Indigenous heritage and that of the wider community - locally, nationally and internationally.
- Build responsibility for the natural environment and awareness of sustainability.
- Provide equitable opportunities and an inclusive approach.
- Have a commitment to ongoing professional learning.
- Believe partnerships with families and connections to the local community are vital to positive learning experiences.
Play Based Learning
Our kindergartens offer programs that promote learning through active engagement and play. Active play allows children to test and develop a wide range of skills. It promotes significant health and wellbeing benefits. In our high quality Early Childhood services, your child will experience active indoor and outdoor play, music, movement and creative expression, positive adult-child interactions and use their whole body and mind to be absorbed in learning.
The Kinder Tick
All Warrnambool City Council Kindergartens have received the Kinder Tick.
The Kinder Tick provides confidence that:
Your child will have the opportunity to participate in incursions and excursions.
Incursions provide the opportunity to enjoy new experiences and activities in the familiar kindergarten environment.
Excursions, including regular outings, provide valuable opportunities for children to explore the wider community and to extend the educational program in a different setting.
Opportunities are provided for children to engage with and explore the local community, supporting the children's learning about the area in which they live and providing them with a breadth of experiences. These experiences are based on the interests and developmental stages of the group.
We provide opportunities to venture out past the kindergarten fence and into a natural setting, to experience nature and learn through hands on experience. Our aim is to support all of our kindergarten programs to experience the outdoor environment for extended lengths of time and encourage children to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a natural environment. Locations include beaches, rock pools, bushland, parks and other outdoor settings that provide an opportunity to explore, learn and play.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
Your child will learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food throughout their time at kindergarten. Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their friends, educators and family.
Healthy Achievement Program
The aim of this program is to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, children and families by embedding experiences that support and encourage lifelong healthy habits. This is done through the service policies and procedures, professional development and support for staff, information for families and actively engaging children,families and staff in experiences that establish healthy habits for a lifetime of good health.
Warrnambool City Council runs 12 kindergartens (including three within our early learning centres).
- Allansford Kindergarten, 82 Ziegler Parade, Allansford
- Beamish St Kindergarten, 23 Beamish Street, Warrnambool
- Central Kindergarten, 2 Manifold Street, Warrnambool
- City Kindergarten, 600 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool
- Dennington Kindergarten, 12-16 The Esplanade, Warrnambool
- Florence Collins Kindergarten, 27-47 Kepler Street, Warrnambool
- Lions Hopkins Kindergarten, 31 Gladstone Street, Warrnambool
- Mahogany Kindergarten, 35 Hoddle Street, Warrnambool
- Matron Swinton Kindergarten, 13-15 Lipook Court, Warrnambool
- Sherwood Park Kindergarten, Deakin University, Princes Hwy, Warrnambool
- Warrnambool East Kindergarten, 22E-26E Lava Street, Warrnambool
- Warrnambool South Kindergarten, 24 Stanley Street, Warrnambool
Exemption from school due to attendance in a funded kinder programIf you would like to discuss any concerns about whether your child should attend kindergarten, please email email@example.com or call 5559 4800 and ask to speak to a Preschool Coordinator.
Children who turn 4 years old on or before April 30 are eligible to attend a four year old kindergarten program. Each child develops at his/her own rate, and although your child’s age may make him/her eligible to start kindergarten, other factors may impact on his/her readiness for this experience.
You are encouraged to consult with relevant childhood professionals eg. Maternal & Child Health Nurse, Preschool Field Officer, kindergarten or prep teacher, early years therapist/s or support services working with your child/family, for guidance as your child will be expected to complete a full year of kindergarten once they begin attending. State Government funding is limited to one year for each child (unless your child is eligible for an Early Start Kindergarten grant or a second year of funded kindergarten).
If your child will turn six years of age (compulsory school age) before or while attending their first or second year of funded kindergarten you must obtain an exemption from attending school. Parents/guardians are responsible for seeking this exemption by applying to the Department of Education.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can access 15 hours of free kindergarten each week for the two years prior to school. To be eligible, a child must turn three or four by 30 April in the year they start a kindergarten program.
At kindergarten, children will make new friends, enjoy fun activities, and get ready for school in a safe and supportive environment.
• learn through play, art, music and dance
• learn to express themselves in a safe, inclusive and caring environment
• build the skills and confidence to prepare them for school.
Kindergarten programs have a qualified teacher and work hard to create culturally safe places for Aboriginal children and families, such as including Aboriginal perspectives in the learning curriculum and environment.
For more information, call the Department of Education and Training on 1800 338 663 (or call 131 450 first to get an interpreter).