Three Year Old Kindergarten
The Victorian Government is introducing funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This will mean an extra year of learning, playing and making friends for all Victorian children.
Hume City Council will be offering five hours per week of funded kindergarten programs across the municipality in 2022, and will be increasing to 15 hours by 2029.
Just like with Four Year Old Kindergarten, Three Year Old Kindergarten programs will be tailored to meet the needs of children. Three Year Old Kindergarten will be led by qualified teachers and will support children’s lifelong learning through play-based programs.
Research shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one and taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age, increases children’s learning, development, health, and wellbeing. It also benefits vulnerable children who may need extra support to achieve better developmental outcomes.
If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin three year old kindergarten in the year they turn three years of age.
Children who do not turn three years of age will not be able to participate in the program. If a place has been offered and accepted, the place will be on hold until the child turns three years of age and kindergarten fees will apply from that date.
Four Year Old Kindergarten
If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin four year old kindergarten in the year they turn four years of age.
Deciding when your child should start kindergarten
The Victorian Department of Education (DET) has resources to help you decide when your child should begin kindergarten. Council also has Preschool Field Officers who can assist families in making a decision. Preschool Field Officers can be contacted by calling 9205 2601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for Kindergarten can be made by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres. You will need to complete a separate application form for each child in your care, e.g. twins.
See below for information about eligibility, fees and accepting your child's offer.