Mitchell Shire Council Kindergarten Information
Mitchell Shire Council currently operates the following kindergartens:
Flowerdale Kindergarten - Flowerdale
Marie Williams Kindergarten - Kilmore
Mt Piper Kindergarten - Broadford
Pyalong Kindergarten - Pyalong
Seymour East Kindergarten - Seymour
Wandong Kindergarten - Wandong
Wallan Kindergarten - Wallan
Wellington Street Kindergarten - Wallan
Call Mitchell Shire Council on 5734 6200 for more information.
The Council's Kindergartens are committed to running a high quality educational program where:
- The needs of individual children provide the focus for planning
- Play is seen as the important medium for learning
- Equal opportunity for all children is a high priority
For news and information on Council's Kindergartens view the Mitchell Early Years Newsletters
2013 Kinder Term Dates
Term 1 30January to 28 March
Term 2 15 April to 28 June
Term 3 15 July to 20 September
Term 4 7 October to 20 December
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Education provides funding for children to attend kindergarten for one year in the year before they start school.
Kindergarten supports the development of appropriate social skills needed for the participation in small groups and in the wider community - necessary for the smooth transition into school. For many children, their kindergarten experience is often their first interaction with people other than family and friends. It is a time when they develop their perception of themselves and their world.
The programs offered by Mitchell Shire Kindergartens aim to enhance this learning by providing opportunities for social interaction, creative activities and physical development. All centres are licensed with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and are governed by State and Federal legislation.
Suitably qualified Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants are employed with a wide range of tertiary qualifications and training, ensuring a stimulating and positive learning environment while attending kindergarten.
When can my child go to Kindergarten?
Children must be four years of age on or before 30 April in the year they attend kindergarten.
Each child develops at their own rate and although your child's age may make them eligible to start kindergarten, other factors may impact on their readiness. It is important that children start school when they are ready to learn in a more formal environment and to make the decision about which year your child will have a funded year of kindergarten.
If your child is born early in the year you might be considering which year to send your child to kindergarten. You may find it beneficial to discuss your child's readiness for kindergarten with Early Childhood Professionals in your local area:
Local Kindergarten Teacher
Maternal and Child Health Nurse
Children's Services Staff within Council
If you would like further information please contact the Early Childhood Teacher at your kindergarten or the Children's Services Coordinator on 5734 6200.
The Mitchell Shire Council Kindergarten Service maintains the following service standards:
The Kindergarten Service will be provided by appropriately qualified and skilled Early Childhood Teachers and appropriately skilled Early Childhood Assistants
The Kindergarten Service will be provided in accordance with the relevant legislation
Police record checks and Working with Children's Checks will be carried out for all staff at each Kindergarten who are involved in the care and education of children
An information sheet outlining the enrolment process is provided with all Enrolment Application Forms
A set of Policies and Procedures relating to the daily operation of the Kindergartens have been developed and implemented and displayed at each Kindergarten
Programs offered will be based on the individual developmental needs, interests and experiences of the children attending the service
Parents will be provided with ongoing information and feedback on the progress of their children
We will ensure that Kindergartens are maintained in a clean, hygienic and aesthetically pleasing condition at all times
The following websites may provide you with useful information regarding your child's health and development and determining the costs associated with sending your child to kindergarten:
The links below provide further information.
Application for Work Placement
Are you interested in doing a Work Placement with Mitchell Shire for your educational studies?
1. Complete the Work Placement Application Form
2. Submit the form at least 1 month prior to your placement to ensure adequate time for the processing of your request.