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Glenelg Shire Kindergarten Programs

Kindergartens are located in a number of areas across the Glenelg Shire, offering programs for both four year olds and three year olds.

Council coordinates the following kindergarten programs as a Kindergarten Cluster Manager:

•     Dartmoor Children’s Centre Occasional Care program
•     Heywood Kindergarten (three and four year old programs)
•     Jaycee Kindergarten (three and four year old programs)
•     Kalbarri Kindergarten (three and four year old programs)
•     Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara Portland Child and Family Complex (four year old program only)
•     Kathleen Millikan Centre (three and four year old program)

About Kindergarten

Kindergartens provide developmentally-appropriate programs based on the National Quality Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Frameworks which encourage children to develop life skills and strengthen their enthusiasm through engaging in play and social interaction.

Kindergarten provides an important step for your child that serves as a transition to formal schooling.

The kindergarten programs across the municipality are based on community needs and operational costs. The hours of operation and fees are reviewed annually.

Four year old programs are partly funded by the State Government; however fundraising activities and program fees are an important part of ensuring service viability.

The three year old program is funded through fees payable by parents, and fundraising activities.

If you would like more information about Kindergarten Fee Subsidy, please click here

Kindergarten Cluster Management

The Glenelg Shire Council is a Kindergarten Cluster Manager. Kindergarten Cluster is when a number of kindergartens are managed by the one organisation.

It is designed to support and assist voluntary Parent Committees with the operations and running of the kindergarten service, in order to reduce the complexities of managing staff and monitoring a budget. Parents can therefore have greater involvement in their child’s development and learning through programmed activities.

Parents continue to have an important role in the operation of the service and participate in fundraising activities to purchase new and additional equipment.

For information about the Glenelg Shire Council Kindergarten Cluster Management, click here.

Early Years Cluster Management (EYCM) Guide / Agreement

The EYCM Guide/Agreement was developed by the Glenelg Shire Council, Parent Committees, parents and staff to explain the way that kindergartens are managed by Council.

The Guide/Agreement explains that:

  • Council is financially and legally responsible and employs all kindergarten staff.
  • Kindergarten teachers manage the day to day operations and the children's program.
  • Parent committees undertake social and fundraising activities to pay for the purchase and repair of equipment.
  • Parents can assist in many ways - through working bees, attending social events and other activities.
  • A reference group made up of staff and committee representatives consults with Council on policy, budgets, future planning, legal and funding requirements.

    To obtain a copy of the Early Years Cluster Management Guide/Agreement, click here.

  • Kindergartens within the Glenelg Shire Council Cluster are:
    Dartmoor Children’s Centre
    Lang Street, Dartmoor
    Ph: 03 5522 2211
    Heywood Kindergarten
    Hunter Street, Heywood
    Ph: 03 5527 1382
    Kalbarri Kindergarten
    Mitchell Cres, Portland
    Ph: 03 5523 4973
    Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara - Portland Child and Family Complex
    94 Julia Street, Portland
    Ph: 03 5522 2211
    Jaycee Kindergarten
    69 Wellington Road, Portland
    Ph: 03 5523 2482
    Kathleen Millikan Centre
    Casterton Kindergarten
    1-7 Jackson Street, Casterton,
    Ph: 03 5522 2211
    Kindergartens managed outside of the Cluster.
    Elsa MacLeod Kindergarten
    Henty Street, Portland
    Ph: 03 5523 2680
    Good Start Early Learning Centre
    Wellington Road, Portland
    Ph: 03 5521 1433
    Kindergartens should be contacted individually for their session times.
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