The City of Greater Dandenong Council operates a central enrolment system for 4-year-old kindergarten programs.
What is Kindergarten?
Kindergarten (sometimes called ‘state funded kindergarten’ or ‘preschool’) is one year of early education for children in the year before they start primary school. Kindergarten gives your child important opportunities to learn, make friends and develop skills through a play-based curriculum, it helps prepare your child for their transition to primary school.
Kindergarten programs are developed and delivered by qualified degree trained Educators to deliver the National Early Years Learning Framework, Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework; they must abide by the National Education and Care Law and Regulations.
Where is it offered?
Kindergarten is offered in a range of settings including community kindergartens, child care centres, children’s centres and schools. They are managed by volunteer parent committees and not-for-profit cluster managers.
To view a list of all kindergartens in the City of Greater Dandenong, visit the Community Directory or you can locate a kindergarten near you by visiting the Council Locate Map for a kindergarten near you.
Children are eligible for kindergarten enrolment on or after their second birthday. Please enrol as soon as possible after that date, as places are limited.
Children must turn four on or before 30 April to be eligible to attend a funded four-year-old kindergarten program in that year.
Read more about enrolling in kindergarten
How much does kindergarten cost?
The Victorian State Government subsidises places for eligible children to attend one year of kindergarten.
An additional subsidy is available to eligible families to provide free or low cost kindergarten.
Families not eligible for this subsidy will be required to pay an attendance fee, set by each kindergarten to cover the ‘gap’ between the Government subsidy and the cost of running the kindergarten program.
For information on costs contact our Central Enrolment Officer on 8571 1817, your local kindergarten service provider, or visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Further information about kindergarten:
Department of Education and Training - Kindergarten
I love Kinder Campaign
Council has endorsed a multi-council campaign to fight against impending Australian Government cuts to kindergarten funding.
Council is advocating for the Australian Government to continue its funding of five hours a week of four-year-old kinder for every child.
As it stands the Federal Government has only committed to the funding until the end of 2019.
The Victorian Government currently funds 10 hours a week, in addition to the Australian Government’s five hours.
The I Love Kinder campaign is supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria and a number of Victorian Councils including Wyndham, Casey and Monash.
Read more information on the Advocacy page