The Victorian kindergarten program is a one to two year pre-school program for children before they enter primary school. Kindergarten is not compulsory in Victoria but it does help children to develop social, mental and physical skills in preparation for school. In 2010, 95% of eligible Victorian children attended kindergarten. Victoria offers a range of kindergarten options.
Children usually attend kindergarten for 15 hours a week, often split across a number of sessions.
Kindergarten costs can vary widely from free or very low cost services through to services that charge thousands of dollars. The Victorian Government pays kindergartens an annual subsidy of $730 for every four year old child to reduce costs.
Melbourne and regional local councils have information about kindergartens in their areas.
Many kindergartens have long waiting lists so it is recommended that you register your child as soon as possible to secure a place.
For more information visit the Early Learning Association Australia website and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.