Kindergarten is a program for young children delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. Prom Coast Centres for Children (PCCC) operate Kindergarten programs at Fish Creek, Foster, Toora and Welshpool.
Kindergarten Programs, like all approved early childhood education and care services in Victoria, are based on the Early Years Learning framework for Australia: Belonging Being & Becoming and the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework.
Kindergarten for 4 Year Olds
The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a Kindergarten program in the year before they start school, usually when they are four years old. This funding is a contribution towards meeting the running cost of the Kindergarten program and enables PCCC to keep the costs of the program as low as possible. Four year old Kindergarten programs operate for 15 hours per week. PCCC operates 4 year old Kindergarten programs at Fish Creek, Foster and Toora & Welshpool Centres.
The Victorian Government subsidises fees for some children so they can attend kindergarten for free or at low cost in the year before they start primary school:
Your child is eligible if they:
• are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
• are a triplet or quadruplet
• hold (or have a parent or guardian who holds) an eligible concession card or refugee, humanitarian or asylum seeker visa.
The Victorian Government subsidises fees for some children so they can attend kindergarten for free two years before they start primary school, usually when they are three years old. This program is know as Early Start and is available for up to 15 hours per week .
Your child is eligible to attend Early Start Kindergarten if they are at least three years old by 30 April and:
- are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or
- are known to Child Protection, or referred by Child Protection to Child FIRST.