Mitchell Shire Council currently operates the following kindergartens
Visit our Kindergarten Locations and Contacts page for details on each of the Centres listed or call Mitchell Shire Council on (03) 5734 6200 for more information.
Our 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
Kindergarten Term Dates
- Term 1: 30 January - 29 March
- Term 2: 16 April - 29 June
- Term 3: 16 July - 21 September
- Term 4: 8 October - 21 December
Term dates - Department of Education and Training
The Department of Education and Training 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 Training 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.
No Jab No Play
The Government’s No Jab No Play laws require all children to be age-appropriately immunised before enrolment in an early childhood service can be confirmed. Applicants will be offered a place at our kindergartens through our central enrolment system, this is typically in the September prior to the kindergarten year (for timely applications received on or before August 1). You should note that this offer and your acceptance of the offer will not mean that your child's enrolment is confirmed. Enrolment cannot be confirmed until immunisation documentation has been received, assessed and found acceptable by the council enrolment officer to determine that your child's immunisations are up-to-date for their age (or an exemption applies).
Further information on immunisation requirements for enrolment in early childhood services, including information on how to obtain the required documentation, is available on the State Government's Better Health Channel - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jab-no-play.
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:
See the links table below for further resources.
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 (PDF, 92K)
2. Submit the form at least 1 month prior to your placement to ensure adequate time for the processing of your request.
Please note that we receive a high number of applications and may not be able to accommodate all students due to operational demands.