4 Year Old Kinder

Four-year old Program
We provide a government funded kindergarten program that follows the National Quality Framework and is delivered by registered Early Childhood Educators and qualified Co-educators.  We are currently undergoing the assessment and rating process to receive a rating under the National Quality Standards.

Eligible children must have turned four years of age by April 30th of the year they are to attend (exemptions must be sought for children turning four after this date or children turning six in their kinder year).

Families of children with birth dates between January 1 and April 30 have a choice about whether their child will commence school in the year they turn five, or the following year.  Educators are required by the Department of Education to discuss with families their child’s readiness for starting kinder and school and to inform them of their choice as to when their child commences kindergarten and school.

The kindergarten curriculum is a play based curriculum that strongly values the importance of children’s play in developing their social identity, communication skills, how they view themselves and the world around them and supports the way in which young children learn.

The curriculum follows the children’s emerging interests, the teachers intentional teaching and knowledge of child development and the families and community’s interests, beliefs and values.  Literacy, numeracy, science, music, art, sensory play, are all promoted throughout the program.

An emphasis on outdoor and nature play provides children with strong connections to nature and the environment. Bush kindergarten excursions, sustainable practices, and kinder rabbits and birds are an important part of the children’s kindergarten lives.

Eligibility
  • Children are eligible to be enrolled for a given year providing they will turn four years old by 30 April in that year.
  • Priority of places in four-year old group will always be given to eligible children in accordance with our Human Services Funding Agreement and in line with the Department’s Priority for Allocating Places Policy.
How to apply
  • Application forms can be obtained online from Kingston City Council’s Website: http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Services-and-Support/Family-Youth-and-Children/Kindergarten-Preschool
  • Complete the enrolment form and submit to the City of Kingston. At the time of submitting an application, a non-refundable fee is required to be paid. There is no charge for Health Care/Pension Card Holders.
  • For each child who gains a place, a letter of offer will be sent by Chelsea Kindergarten the year prior to the child starting kindergarten.
  • Parents who wish to accept the placement must return the payment option form with a $200 non-refundable membership fee to secure the place by the date nominated on the letter of offer.