Did you know that three and four-year-old children can access two years of sessional kindergarten free?
March is Kindergarten Awareness Month, and Council is running face-to-face and online information sessions to boost awareness of available programs and help families register their children for kindergarten.
To learn more parents and carers can visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/kindergarten-awareness-month
Kindergarten is important to the learning and development of children in the years before they start school.
“Every child deserves the best possible foundation for a lifetime of learning. Three and four-year-old kindergarten provides a wonderful start,” said Brimbank Mayor Cr Bruce Lancashire.
“This Kindergarten Awareness Month we’re encouraging parents and carers to make sure they have registered their children for three and four-year old kindergarten.
“Kindergarten helps children love learning and make new friends in the years before school.
“At kindergarten, children learn key skills for life, including creative thinking, social and emotional skills, and early literacy and language skills through play-based learning.”
Kindergarten programs are run in Brimbank by qualified early childhood educators, which are tailored to meet the needs of local children, and support the development of curiosity, concentration, resilience and creativity.
Three-year-olds can access five to 15 hours of funded kindergarten each week, as well as 15 hours per week for four-year-old kindergarten, in the year before school.
The introduction of funded three-year-old kindergarten in 2023 means children are receiving an additional year of learning and building social skills, to ensure they are ready for school.
Registrations for 2023 and 2024 three and four-year-old sessional programs are run through Council and can be made online.