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Published Friday 25 October 2019
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Kindergarten places for 2020 filling quickly

Do you have a child that’s ready for four-year-old or three-year-old kindergarten next year?

Mitchell Shire Council is encouraging parents and guardians to get in quick to secure a 2020 kindergarten place for their child.

Kindergarten places for next year are filling quickly, with round one offers (those applications that were received by 1 June) having already been sent out to families.

If you have a child that’s ready for four-year-old or three-year-old kindergarten next year and you have not yet applied, there are still some places available. Parents and guardians are encouraged to get in quick to secure a 2020 kindergarten place for their child.

To attend four-year-old kindergarten next year, children must be four years of age before 30 April 2020. Children must have turned three years old before starting three-year-old kindergarten.

There’s good news for the families of Seymour as well, with their littlest learners now able to attend three-year-old kindergarten in their home town. The program is being offered at the new Seymour Family and Children's Centre from next year for the first time.

Previously, the children of Seymour travelled to neighbouring towns to access three-year-old kindergarten. With the new facility to open for term one, Mitchell Shire Council is pleased to be able to offer the program in Seymour from 2020.

Mitchell Shire Council is now taking enrolments for eight sessional kindergartens in Mitchell Shire in 2020 and one in Flowerdale:

  • Greater Beveridge Community Centre (corner Lithgow Street and Mandalay Circuit, Beveridge)
  • Mt Piper Kindergarten (150 High Street, Broadford).
  • Marie Williams Kindergarten (3 White Street, Kilmore).
  • Pyalong Kindergarten (High Street, Pyalong).
  • Seymour Kindergarten (new location at 29 Stewart Street, Seymour).
  • Wandong Kindergarten (Dry Creek Crescent, Wandong).
  • Wallan Kindergarten (Bentinck Street, Wallan).
  • Creating Futures Children’s Program (Wallan Family and Children’s Centre, corner of Stanley and Queens streets, Wallan).
  • Flowerdale Kindergarten (3377 Whittlesea-Yea Road, Flowerdale).

Kindergarten services are subsidised by the Department of Education and Training and Mitchell Shire Council. The subsidy does not fully cover operational costs, so some kindergarten fees are charged.

To apply for a 2020 kindergarten place, fill out the form online on our Kindergarten application page.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“It's been a long time since we've been able to offer the three-year-old program in Seymour. We're very excited to be able to bring it back next year when we relocate to our brand new kindergarten at the new Seymour Family and Children's Centre on the Seymour College grounds.

“Kindergartens are wonderful places where children can access quality education programs which build the foundations for a smooth transition into school.

“Kindergarten is the beginning of a child’s education journey and is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn, play, socialise and grow. We know early education has many proven benefits for children, and it is that vital first step in a child’s education journey.

“The friendly and well-qualified kindergarten staff at our centres will be there every step of the way to make the kinder journey as smooth as possible.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.