Kindergartens

Kindergartens

1. Overview 

Council coordinates kindergarten registration for most centres across the shire. When choosing a kindergarten and planning to register your child in a 3 or 4 year old program, we encourage you to attend kindergarten open days to get a feel for the different programs available. There are different registration processes for some kindergartens.

2. Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

The following table provides a general guide for registration in either a 3 year old kindergarten or 4 year old kindergarten program.

Date of birth

3 year old kinder

4 year old kinder

School year

1 May 2015 –
30 April 2016

No

2020

2021

1 May 2016 –
30 April 2017

2020

2021

2022

1 May 2017 –
30 April 2018

2021

2022

2023

From 2021, funded 3 year old kindergarten will be available in Campaspe. For further information about the benefits of this program for your child, visit the Victorian Government's webpage.

3. Kindergarten locations

Registration for the following kindergartens are managed by Council, through the central registration program. 

Berrimba Childcare
94 Hare Street, ECHUCA
Phone 5480 6330

Colbinabbin Preschool
Recreation Reserve, COLBINABBIN
Phone 0429 101 511
(managed by Goulburn Region Preschool Association)

Shine Bright Echuca East Kindergarten
115 Stawell Street, ECHUCA
Phone 5482 2783
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Shine Bright Echuca Central Kindergarten
287 Anstruther Street, ECHUCA
Phone 5482 2284
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Shine Bright Echuca South Community Kindergarten
232 High Street, ECHUCA
Phone 5482 1740
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Goodstart Early Learning Echuca
Northern Highway, ECHUCA
Phone 5482 1088
Four year old kindergarten only

Shine Bright Gunbower Kindergarten
1 Wilson Street, GUNBOWER
Phone 5487 1382
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Shine Bright Lockington Kindergarten
8 Burns Street, LOCKINGTON
Phone 5486 2585
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Pink & Blue Early Learning Echuca
255 Ogilvie Avenue, ECHUCA
Phone 5480 1974
Four year old kindergarten only

Shine Bright Rochester Kindergarten
Fraser Street, ROCHESTER
Phone 5484 1532
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Shine Bright Stanhope Kindergarten
1 Godley Place, STANHOPE
Phone 5857 2297
(managed by Shine Bright EYM)

Shine Bright Tongala Kindergarten
8 Nihill Street, TONGALA
Phone 5859 0268
(managed by Shine Bright EYM) 

Registration for the following kindergartens are managed directly through each centre. 

Girgarre Kindergarten
School Road, GIRGARRE
Phone 5854 6368
(managed by Kyabram Preschool Management Committee)

Kyabram Municipal Preschool
148 Fenaughty Street, KYABRAM
Phone 5852 1631
(managed by Kyabram Preschool Management Committee)

Rushworth Kindergarten & Childcare Centre
32 Esmonde Street, RUSHWORTH
Phone 5856 1591
(managed by Incorporated Committee of Management)

Unwin Street Kindergarten 
Unwin Street, KYABRAM 
Phone 5852 2148
(managed by Kyabram Preschool Management Committee)

4. Central registration options & fees

Five options are available. Please read carefully to select the registration appropriate for your child.

Option 1: 3 year old kinder - $27.50 application fee

A child must be a least 3 years old by 30/04/2021 to attend a 3 year old kindergarten program in 2021. Please note your child cannot start in a kindergarten program until they have turned three. Families with children turning three between February and April in the year of attendance can submit an application and be offered a place at kindergarten, however children will not be able to start in the program until they have turned three.

Option 2: 3 year old kinder concession card holder - no application fee

A child must be at least 3 years old by 30/04/2021 to attend a 3 year old kindergarten program in 2021. Please note your child cannot start in a kindergarten program until they have turned three. Families with children turning three between February and April in the year of attendance can submit an application and be offered a place at kindergarten, however children will not be able to start in the program until they have turned three. You will be required to upload a copy of your concession card as proof.

Option 3: Early Start Kinder – no application fee. Early Start Kindergarten provides 3 year old Aboriginal children OR children who are known to Child Protection with access to up to 15 hours of kindergarten per week for free.

Option 4: 4 year old kinder - $27.50 application fee

A child must be at least 4 years old by 30/04/2021 to attend a 4 year old kindergarten program in 2021.

Option 5: 4 year old kinder: concession card holder – no application fee

A child must be at least 4 years old by 30/04/2021 to attend a 4 year old kindergarten program in 2021. You will be required to upload a copy of your concession card as proof.

5. How to register and fees

Step 1  Read the Kindergarten Central Registration Guide 2021(PDF, 550KB)

Step 2  After 1 May when registrations are open - Complete your Central Registration Application – online . Hard copy applications can be download here(PDF, 514KB), or mailed out by contacting customer service on 1300 666 535. Hard copy applications can be emailed to [email protected]

Step 3  Submit your application together with the required documentation before 31 July to ensure your application is considered for first round offers. Please note that Council continues to take registrations throughout the year.  

Please note applications cannot be processed until all information is received. 

Once your application is received, a confirmation email will be provided. If you do not receive confirmation within 10 days of your application, please contact Council on 1300 666 535 or [email protected] 

In early August, a letter of offer will be sent advising if your child has a kindergarten place or is on a waiting list. 

Application check list

The following documents are required with your application:

  • Immunisation history certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register. An immunisation history statement can be downloaded from your MyGov Account, by calling the Australian Immunisation Register 1800 653 809 or by visiting your local Medicare office.
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of residence
  • Concession card (if applicable)

Further information about the No Jab, No Play legislation is available here.

6. Early Start Kindergarten

Early Start Kindergarten provides up to 15 hours a week of free or low cost kindergarten to eligible three year old children in the two years before school. Some services will be able to offer your child a place in a program for four year olds or a mixed age group.

Your child is eligible for Early Start Kindergarten if they are:

  • At least three by 30 April in the year they will be attending a kindergarten program, and
  • Your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander OR
  • Your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST)

A child must be at least 3 years old before 30/04/2021 to access Early Start. Families with children turning three between February and April in the year of attendance can submit an application and be offered a place at kindergarten, however children will not be able to start in Early Start Kinder until they have turned three. More information about Early Start Kindergarten is available here.

7. Central registration timeline

1 May

Applications open

31 July

Applications close for first round offers

3 August

First round offers sent for 4 year old kinder

10 August

First round offers sent for 3 year old kinder

17 August

Second round offers sent for 4 year old kinder

24 August

Second round offers sent for 3 year old kinder

7 September

Third and final round offers sent for both 3 year old and 4 year old kinder
October onwards   Kindergarten places allocated as applications received

 

If you do not submit your kindergarten application prior to 31 July your application will be deemed as late. You will not receive a letter of offer until all initial offers have been finalised. 

8. Further information

For assistance or further information about kindergartens, please contact the Kindergarten Central Registration team on 1300 666 535 or email [email protected]