Kindergarten Enrolment Information

Greater Shepparton City Council coordinates enrolments for a number of kindergartens in the region.

Most local kindergartens participate in the Greater Shepparton City Council Central Enrolment. All enrolments for these centres are managed centrally by Council.

For information about the enrolment process, including important dates, priority of access, and enrolment requirements, see the Central Enrolment Policy page.

If you're ready to enrol your child for kindergarten, see the Kindergarten Enrolment Form page.

Is your child ready for kindergarten?

Your child’s year at kindergarten is a very important step in their developmental progress, so parents need to consider their child’s readiness to cope in the kindergarten setting.

Is your child:

  • keen to play with other children?
  • eager to try new things?
  • wanting to do things for themselves, such as dressing, toileting and feeding?
  • able to follow a simple instruction?
  • capable of completing a simple task?
  • ready to listen to a story?
  • looking for challenges?
  • interested in the world around them?
  • able to separate from family members?
  • indicating an understanding of sharing and turn taking, even if he/she doesn’t do this yet?
  • happy in his/her own company for short periods of time?
  • turning 4 years old by 30 April next year?

If you answer yes to any or all of these questions then now is the time to consider enrolling your child for kindergarten.

You can enrol your child by using the Kindergarten Enrolment Form.

In Victoria, kindergarten is a one year program for children in the year before they enter school. The Victorian State Government partially funds one year of kindergarten for each child, so it is important that parents choose the right year for their child to attend kindergarten.

Talk to the people who know your child (such as their fungroup leader or childcare worker) about their development and readiness for kinder. Your Maternal and Child Health Nurse will also be able to conduct a 3½ year old check and advise you.

At the age of 3½ to 4 years, children are generally demonstrating noticeable changes in their growth and development. The Maternal and Child Health Service offers all families the opportunity to visit their health centre at this time. This visit is fun for children who enjoy participating in a range of different activities whilst at the centre.

For parents it is an ideal opportunity to receive feedback about their child’s growth and also their social development. A general physical assessment is completed which includes screening your child’s vision.

Parents are also able to discuss and receive information regarding a range of topics that are relevant at this time, such as immunisation, behavioural issues and parenting, diet, dental care, encouraging development through play, safety and kindergarten and school readiness. Parents wishing to make an appointment for their child to attend their Maternal and Child Health Nurse can do so by contacting the central booking number 5832 9312.

However, it is parents who have the ongoing knowledge of their child’s development, skills and abilities, and it is the parent’s choice when their child is ready to attend kindergarten (as long as their child is eligible).

The kindergarten programs are based on the needs and interests of the children and incorporate the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework/National Quality Framework. Each child’s individuality is respected and supported in their journey to have a strong sense of identity and well being, connect with and contribute to the world, and to be effective communicators who are confident and involved learners. The play based program encourages your child to develop in a safe and engaging environment.

Kindergarten age eligibility guide

Birth dates Kindergarten year Enrol by School year
1/5/2012 – 30/4/2013 2017 31 July 2016 2018
1/5/2013 – 30/4/2014 2018 31 July 2017 2019

The above is a guide only and parents should consult their Early Childhood professional or Maternal and Child Health Nurse for further information.

If you're ready to enrol your child, see the Kindergarten Enrolment Form.

List of kindergartens

There are currently over 30 kindergarten programs offered in Greater Shepparton with a variety of locations, programs and management structures. They establish their own programs, activities, and fee structures to reflect the needs of their community.

All kindergarten services welcome and encourage parents to come and visit their preferred kindergarten, to meet with the educators and discuss relevant issues prior to enrolment. We encourage you to call and make a time to speak with the educators.

The various management arrangements for kindergarten programs include:

Greater Shepparton City Council Cluster Management:

Operated from Council owned premises with voluntary committees of management responsible for day to day operations of some of the centres:

  • Alexandra Street Kindergarten
  • Arthur Mawson Children’s Centre
  • Colliver Road Children’s Centre
  • Dolena Young Preschool
  • Dookie Children’s Centre
  • Echuca Road Kindergarten
  • Gowrie Park Kindergarten
  • Isabel Pearce Kindergarten
  • Katandra West Early Childhood Centre
  • Leslie Gribble Children’s Centre
  • Patricia Smith Children’s Centre
  • Rodney Neighbourhood Kindergarten – Steiner based program
  • Tallygaroopna Children’s Centre

Goulburn Region Preschool Association Cluster Management:

  • Merrigum Preschool
  • Murchison Preschool
  • Toolamba Kindergarten
  • Undera Kindergarten 

Kindergarten programs within a long day care centre with childcare available in the same centre outside session times:

Please confirm fee structure with centre before making your decision.

  • Ann Street Child Care – privately owned long day care centre
  • Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre - Greater Shepparton City Council Cluster Management, operated from Council owned premises
  • Florina Preschool – privately owned long day care centre and kindergarten
  • Good Start Early Learning – privately owned long day care centre
  • Kialla Children’s Centre – community based committee of management, operated from Council owned premises
  • Kiddie Kare – privately owned long day care centre
  • Tatura Children’s Centre – community based committee of management, operated from Council owned premises
  • Guthrie Street Child Care Centre – privately owned long day care centre
  • Balaclava Road Child Care Centre – privately owned long day care centre
  • Knight Street Children’s Centre – privately owned long day care centre

Independent Committees of Management

Responsible for all the staffing, financial and administrative management of the centre.

  • Lulla’s Children and Family Centre
  • Save the Children Kindergarten

Primary School locations: 

  • Gowrie Street Preschool
  • St Mel’s Kindergarten