Kindergarten

Kindergarten offers many benefits to your child and your family. 


Children develop social skills, they make new friends and learn to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way.  They develop s
elf-awareness and respect for others, and emotional skills, to help them understanding their feelings. Language, literacy and numeracy skills are established, such as reading stories and counting objects and they are exposed to new ideas and concepts through a variety of play based activities. Families also benefit through friendships and by building community connections. 

There are various Kindergarten centres across the Glenelg Shire.

You can find out about our current Kindergarten Fees and Charges(PDF, 350KB) in this fact sheet.
Fees are reviewed annually, in accordance with the Council’s Fees and Charges Policy.  

          

Our Centres

Casterton

Kathleen Millikan Centre

Address: 1-7 Jackson St, Casterton, VIC 3311
Phone:  1300 453 635

Dartmoor

Dartmoor Children's Centre

Address: 134 Lang St, Dartmoor, VIC 3304
Phone: 1300 453 635

Heywood

Heywood Kindergarten

Address: 24 Hunter St, Heywood, VIC 3304
Phone: 1300 453 635

Portland

Karreeta Peenyeet Mara – Portland Child and Family Complex

Address: 94 Julia St, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone:
 1300 453 635 

Jaycee Kindergarten

Address: 68 Wellington Rd, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone: 1300 453 635 

Kalbarri Kindergarten

Address: 11 Mitchell Cres, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone: 1300 453 635 

 

Other Services

Elsa MacLeod Kindergarten – community managed

Address: 60 Henty St, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone: (03) 5523 2680

Good Start Early Learning Centre – privately run

Address: 49-53 Wellington Rd, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone: (03) 5521 1433

About Kindergarten

A child's time at Kindergarten is an important part of their early years development.   It helps children develop life skills through play and social interaction.  They develop friendships, engage in various activities and it also supports them in their transition to formal schooling.

At the Glenelg Shire our friendly team design fun, engaging and age-appropriate programs based on the National Quality Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Frameworks, to ensure children are provided with learning opportunities through play.

Our Kindergarten programs are designed to meet Community needs, with operational hours and fees being reviewed annually.

The State Government does partly fund kindergarten programs, and many centres also Fundraise to minimise costs or to purchase equipment.  Kindergarten Fees are set annually, some families may be eligible for a Kindergarten Fee Subsidy, to reduce costs.  


If you would like more information about Kindergarten Fee Subsidy, this webpage may help.

Our guide to Kindergarten including fees and schedules is available in our Kindergarten Handbook.  

Three Year Old Kindergarten

Evidence shows that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning. Taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age leads to positive effects on child development. 
 
It has even greater benefits for children who need extra support or are in vulnerable circumstances.


In 2021, Council became one of the first in Victoria to introduce state funded three-year-old kindergarten – as part of a ten year roll out across the state. Funded kindergarten means the government will help with the costs, which helps keep your fees low.

Three and Four-Year-Old kindergarten will be offered in same age groups or in multi-age groups (three and four-year-olds together) across the Shire. Children will develop friendships and engage in learning - regardless of age group. They also get the added bonus of peer support and lead learning from other children who may be slightly older. These opportunities allow children to develop more sophisticated social skills.
 
Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is available  at:
  • Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara-Portland Child and Family Complex
  • Kathleen Millikan Centre
  • Jaycee Kindergarten
  • Kalbarri Kindergarten
  • Heywood Kindergarten

You can view the Kinder Tick Fact Sheet for more information.

Four Year Old Kindergarten

Four year old Kindergarten helps children develop friendships, engage in learning and activities and prepare for their transition to school. 
 
The cour year old Kinder programs are now offered alongside three year old kinder, which further benefits development, as they can engage with children of varying ages, and assist and lead other younger children in their play based learning.  These opportunities allow children to develop more sophisticated social skills.
Funded Four-Year-Old Kindergarten is available  at:
  • Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara-Portland Child and Family Complex
  • Kathleen Millikan Centre
  • Jaycee Kindergarten
  • Kalbarri Kindergarten
  • Heywood Kindergarten
  • Dartmoor Childrens Centre

You can view the Kinder Tick Fact Sheet for more information.  

 

Early Years Management

Early Years Management (EYM) Guide / Agreement
The Glenelg Shire Council with input from parents and staff created the EYM Guide/Agreement.

The Guide/Agreement explains:

  • 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 and repair equipment.
  • Parents can assist through working bees, parent engagement, fundraising and other activities.
  • A reference group made up of staff and committee representatives meets quarterly.

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