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 wellbeing within a supportive early education and care environment.

Attending kindergarten fosters children’s independence and confidence and promotes a positive transition to primary school.

Our locations

Centre Location Care type
Connie Benn Early Learning Centre Fitzroy
  • Funded 4 year old kindergarten (sessional or integrated)
  • Funded 3 year old kindergarten (sessional)
  • Long day care
  • Casual care
  • Occasional care
North Carlton Children's Centre North Carlton
  • Funded 4 year old kindergarten (sessional)
  • Funded 3 year old kindergarten (sessional)
  • Extended kindergarten care
  • Long day
  • Casual
Princes Hill Kindergarten North Carlton
  • Funded 4 year old kindergarten (sessional)
  • Funded 3 year old kindergarten (sessional)
Richmond Kindergarten Richmond
  • Funded 4 year old kindergarten (sessional)
  • Funded 3 year old kindergarten (sessional)

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

Extended care (North Carlton only)

Session Times
Kindergarten holiday program 7.45am to 6.15pm
4-year-old kindergarten extended care 4pm to 6.15pm
3-year old kindergarten extended care 12.30pm to 6.15pm

Our programs

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

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.

Our kindergartens provide:

  • 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

Fees and payments

For a full list of fees, subsidies and payment options please go to our Fees, subsidies and payments page.

Families who use long day care, extended care, kindergarten, holiday programs and casual care may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy. This means you will pay a reduced fee based on your eligible subsidy amount.

Registrations

Families can now register for our council-managed or participating kindergarten services by completing an online form. Please note that there is one form for Kindergarten programs and one form for Long Day Care.

Kindergarten CRS application form

*Please note: We will no longer charge a fee for registrations. 

Before you complete the form – there may be some additional information you need to upload, if applicable to you. You will need to have this ready as you complete the form.  You can upload a scanned copy or a photo of the relevant documents:

  • Current Health Care Card
  • Letter of referral from a medical practitioner if there is a diagnosis of a chronic or serious health issue that impacts on your capacity to care for your child.

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 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.

Accepting an offer

You will be contacted via email or SMS if a place becomes available for your child. You will have up to three days to respond to this offer.

After you have accepted your offer, you will receive an invitation via email to enrol your child using our new children’s services management software called Xplor. Xplor also has a fantastic childcare app that captures your child's learning and helps you communicate important information about your child, directly with the service!

If your child is already enrolled in a Yarra service (eg: long day care) you will receive a welcome email directly from the service as your enrolment information will be shared across the two services.

Further information

Contact the Customer and Business Support team with any questions.

Phone: 03 9205 5555
Email: customerandbusinesssupport@yarracity.vic.gov.au