Kindergarten

We provide kindergarten programs for three and four year old children in Yarra. Your child must be 3 years of age to attend 3 year old kindergarten or 4 years old by 30 April in the year they attend 4 year old kindergarten. 

Kindergarten is recognised as an important step in a child’s development. It provides important opportunities to support children’s social skills, learning, health and well-being within a supportive early education and care environment. Attending kindergarten fosters children’s independence and confidence and promotes a positive transition to primary school.

About our kindergartens

Each kindergarten provides

  • A safe and inclusive environment.
  • Qualified educators that engage in ongoing professional development.
  • Learning environments, both indoors and outdoors that provide children with opportunities to explore, experiment, create, take risks and learn through play.
  • Opportunities to support children to be strong, resilient and confident learners.
  • A focus on health and wellbeing in our programming.

Each centre can also provide information about other early years services and referrals to further family support.

Our programs

Our kindergarten programs are guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework. Our programs are delivered by qualified Early Childhood Educators. 

Kindergarten can be offered as a sessional program or integrated with a long day care program. 

Many kindergartens also provide programs for three year old children as an introduction to four year old kindergarten.

Early Start kindergarten program

The Early Start kindergarten program (ESK) is also provided to 3 year old children who are either Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, known to Child Protection or have been referred to Child First by Child protection. The program provides up to 15 hours of kindergarten per week and is free for eligible children. 

Access for children with specific needs

Our kindergarten programs are inclusive.  They encourage and provide children of all abilities genuine opportunities to access and participate in kindergarten and promote a sense of belonging and respect for diversity.   

If your child needs extra support to participate in kindergarten, assistance is available.   

Preschool Field Officers are funded by the State Government to support the capacity of kindergartens to meet the needs of children of all abilities. There is no cost to families for this service. You can access information about your Preschool Field Officer here.    

Kindergarten Inclusion funding (KIS) is also available to kindergartens to support the participation of children with additional needs.  You can speak directly to your kindergarten service about this funding. 

Times and locations

Name of centre

 

Address

Phone

Days / times of sessions

Connie Benn Centre

160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 

9426 1500

Group 1: Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Group 2 – Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4:00 pm

North Carlton Children’s Centre

481 Canning Street, North Carlton

9274 2710

Group 1: Monday and Tuesday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

Group 2: Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

 

 

Princes Hill Kindergarten

280 Pigdon Street, Princes Hill

9380 8359

Group 1: Monday and Tuesday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

Group 2: Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

 

Richmond Kindergarten

27 Duke Street, Richmond

9428 5173

Group 1: Monday and Tuesday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

Group 2: Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 4.00 pm

 

Integrated kindergarten

 

Gold Street Children’s Centre

64 Gold Street, Collingwood

 

9205 5576

Delivered in the service hours of operation of the children’s centre

Yarraberg Children’s centre

4 River Street, Richmond

 

9428 0707

 

As above

Connie Benn Early Learning Centre

160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 

9426 1500

 

As above

North Carlton Children’s Centre

481 Canning Street, North Carlton

 

9274 2710

 

As above

Pre-kindergarten

 

North Carlton Children’s Centre

481 Canning Street, North Carlton

9274 2710

Wednesday 8.30 – 12.30 pm

Princes Hill Kindergarten

280 Pigdon Street, Princes Hill

9380 8359

Wednesday 8.30 – 12.30 pm

Richmond Kindergarten

27 Duke Street, Richmond

9428 5173

Wednesday 8.30 – 12.30 pm

There are also a number of other operators of Child Care Centres and Kindergartens available in Yarra.

The cost of kindergarten

The Long Day Care fee applies to Integrated Kindergarten. All families pay a daily fee for child care. Families who are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy will pay a reduced fee. 

The daily fee for Long Day Care is $119.10 per day. 

The cost of 4 year old sessional kindergarten is $390.10 per term.

3 year old sessional Kindergarten fees are not subsidised and the cost is $403.06 per term.

Subsidies

Families may be eligible for Government support with fees for many of our children’s services.  The fee support is provided through Centrelink in the form of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). 

  • Additional subsidies are provided by the Victorian Government that makes kindergarten free for: three and four year old Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
  • three year old children known to Child Protection
  • four year old children who hold, or whose families hold a Health Care Card, pensioner Concession Card, Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Temporary Protection/Humanitarian Visas 447, 451, 785 and 786, Asylum Seeker Bridging Visas A-F, Refugee and Special Humanitarian Visas 200-217

How do I register my child for kindergarten?

If you would like for your child to attend one of our sessional Kindergarten programs:

  • You will need to download and complete the registration form and submit the completed form at crsonline@yarracity.vic.gov.au.
  • A one-off administration fee of $15 will need to be paid at this time (the $15 fee will be waived upon receipt of a certified copy of your Health Care Card).
  • You can also obtain a paper copy and/or submit your form at a City of Yarra Customer Service Centre
  • When a position becomes available you will be contacted and will have 3 days to respond.
  • When you have accepted your offer you will need to pay a $50 deposit to confirm your place and complete our enrolment form.
  • Our services now subscribe to an online enrolment management program called QK Enrol using the My Family Lounge service.
  • You will be able to register, create and update your enrolment details, emergency contacts and vital health information for your child when using the desktop site on a compatible device: information is simply added into the online enrolment form. You will also have the flexibility of managing absences for your child, straight from your phone with just a few taps by downloading the My Family Lounge APP.
  • Fees will be direct debited.

How are places allocated?

Our Priority of Access policy is an important consideration in the allocation of child care and kindergarten places for children’s centres operated by the City of Yarra.

The Priority of Access policy is applied to ensure there is a fair and equitable process for the management and allocation of places in Council’s Children’s services. 

If you have any questions about kindergarten, please contact 9205 5555.