Kindergartens

 Kindergarten registrations for 2023

Download the 2023 Kindergarten Information KitKindergarten groups and mixed age groups

3 yr old kindergarten

4 yr old kindergarten

Registrations are now open for the 2023 kindergarten program for 3 yr olds and 4 yr olds.

First round registrations will close on Friday 24 June 2022.

You can still register your child for 2023 kindergarten after Friday 24 June 2022, however they will be offered a second round place from the remaining vacancies.

For more information please contact us on 5559 4800 or email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

In 2023 Council will deliver 15 hours per week of kindergarten program for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

The proposed 3- and 4-year old sessional kindergarten fee for terms 1 and 2 in 2023 is $365 per term.

The proposed 2023 full daily fee for Centre-Based Child Care Kindergarten is $120 per day. Families may be eligible for child care subsidy.

Kindergarten registrations for the remainder of 2022

If you have an enquiry regarding registering your child for either 3 yr old Kindergarten or 4 yr old Kindergarten in 2022,
please email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au or contact 5559 4747.

Why choose a Warrnambool City Council kindergarten?

Supporting children with additional needs at kindergarten

What happens in our Kindergartens?

Nature Kinder

Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten

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.

Council kindergartens provide:

  • An accumulated wealth of qualified and experienced staff.
  • Play-based programs with an approach which values all areas of children’s learning and development.
  • Programs specialised for children 3 to 6 years of age.
  • Access and referral to other associated specialist services for children and families.
  • Programs that promote learning through active engagement and play, with an approach that values all areas of children’s learning and development.

Nature Kindergarten

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. 

Indigenous Language Program

The program focuses on the language Peek Whurrong and related dialects, with children learning through active engagement in Aboriginal art, music and stories. This program enhances the children’s understanding of the local Aboriginal culture and inclusive practices. It also builds on their literacy skills and contributes to the development of cognitive, communication and problem solving skills. 

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.

Our Kindergartens:

Warrnambool City Council runs 12 kindergartens (including three within our childcare 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

3 Year Old kindergarten

Download the 2023 Kindergarten Information Kit 3 yr old kinder Timetable - 2023 Register for 2023 here

Registrations are now open for the 2023 kindergarten program for 3 yr olds.

First round registrations will close on Friday 24 June 2022.

You can still register your child for 2023 kindergarten after Friday 24 June 2022, however they will be offered a second round place from the remaining vacancies.

For more information please contact us on 5559 4800 or email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

In 2023 Council will deliver 15 hours per week of kindergarten program for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

Kindergarten registrations for the remainder of 2022

If you have an enquiry regarding registering your child for 3 yr old Kindergarten in 2022, please email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au or contact 5559 4747.

 

Kindergarten for three-year-olds encourages children to grow and develop into independent learners through open-ended activities, free choice play, providing educational and developmentally appropriate play spaces, all of which are designed to achieve the best outcomes for your child.

Kinder for 3 year olds - A fact sheet for parents

From 2022 funded three-year-old kindergarten programs will be offered in Warrnambool. To learn more about this kindergarten reform, funded by the Victorian Government, click here.

Warrnambool City Council invites you to view our video presentation below, Kinder Now Starts At Three.

This presentation is about the introduction of three year old kinder in 2022 to our city and provides parents/guardians with useful information to enable them to make informed decisions regarding the best start to their child’s educational journey.

4 Year Old kindergarten

Download the 2023 Kindergarten Information Kit 4 yr old kinder Timetable - 2023 Register for 2023 here

Registrations are now open for the 2023 kindergarten program for 4 yr olds.

First round registrations will close on Friday 24 June 2022.

You can still register your child for 2023 kindergarten after Friday 24 June 2022, however they will be offered a second round place from the remaining vacancies.

For more information please contact us on 5559 4800 or email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

In 2023 Council will deliver 15 hours per week of kindergarten program for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

Kindergarten registrations for the remainder of 2022

If you have an enquiry regarding registering your child for 4 yr old Kindergarten in 2022, please email childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au or contact 5559 4747.

Four-year-old kindergarten is a one year education program for children, the year before they start school.

Is my child ready for kindergarten?

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 childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au 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.

Is my child eligible for free kindergarten?

Please contact us on childandfamily@warrnambool.vic.gov.au or call 5559 4800 and we can assist you.

Eligibility criteria

Families who have one of the following:

• Your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
• Your child identifies on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more)
• Your child holds, or a parent/guardian holds one of the following:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold or White Card
  • Eligible Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Humanitarian or bridging visa

Koorie kids shine at kinder

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.

Children will:
•    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) or visit www.education.vic.gov.au/koorie-kids-shine
 

Kindergarten video tours

Mini video tours