Kindergartens

We build the solid foundations for children to grow into healthy, resilient adults.

Our programs are responsive to the needs and interests of each child. Qualified Early Childhood Educators create and facilitate new learning experiences to encourage constructive learning, imaginative play and the development of resilience and social skills.

Attending a kindergarten is an important step for your child; it will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their lives. Kindergarten will help your child to develop language and listening skills, confidence and independence, physical and creative skills, support their desire to learn and discover, and the ability to work cooperatively with other children and adults.

Our Programs

Our programs are guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and help children to:

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Create a sense of identity

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Connect with & contribute to their world

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develop a strong sense of well-being

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become confident & involved learners

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become effective communicators

Find a kindergarten near you.

The right kindergarten is different for everyone.  Here you can search by your suburb or postcode to find conveniently located kinder programs near you.  Or you may search for a specific service by name.


What our families say...

Thilini Seneviratne
Thilini Seneviratne
Google Review - Wayburne Preschool
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My son loved this place, it is a child led learning center. Set up is very positive and welcoming. I felt the program enhanced creativity and independence. He never wanted to miss a date, after he started this care.
Maz Th
Maz Th
Google Review - St John's Preschool
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When I called up to find out about the preschool, everyone I spoke to over the phone was very friendly, polite and informative. I then decided to come and have a look at the preschool which was nice and spacious with updated play equipment outside. Melody was very happy to show me around and took the time to explain everything to me without rushing me out the door which I've felt with some around the area. It gave me the confidence to put my 4 year old daughter into this preschool next year.
Angelina Tay
Angelina Tay
Google Review - Legend Park Preschool
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Legend Park is a gem of a preschool. Its building and grounds are more spacious than other neighbouring preschools and a bonus is that it opens right to Bushy Park trail at the back. In the park, there are resident cows and a bird hide within walking distance and the kids are treated to walking excursions regularly. The teachers, Gina and Lydia are very passionate about what they do. Gina has been here over 20 years so you know that there isn't a rotating door of teachers. I sent my daughter here and the change in her personality after just 3 months is astounding. I'm going to send my son here when he comes of age. There is a reason why this kinder is classified as exceeding expectations. It has the best of both worlds - an interactive playspace to develop young minds and dedicated teachers who notice and gently nudge your child to be the best that they can be.
Jessica Sette
Jessica Sette
Google Review - Lower Plenty Kindergarten
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My son attends the 3yr old program at Lower Plenty Kindergarten. In just two terms, we have seen a marked difference in his development, particularly in his speech, fine and gross motor skills and social awareness. The kinder staff are exceptional and very nurturing & supportive of the children's individual needs. Sometimes I feel that kinders can look amazing but they lack the strong backbone of quality teaching, which should in fact be at the forefront of priorities. This is a high quality, well run community kindergarten. We feel part of a very special group that is truly focused on early learning and getting children well prepared for school
Sara Winter
Sara Winter
Google Review - Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten
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This is honestly the best Kindergarten you could ever send your child. The teachers are amazing and extremely caring. My daughter developed so much throughout the year. Such beautiful play spaces and the garden is breathtaking. The best decision we ever made sending our daughter to Ashwood Memorial. We were extremely happy. I would highly recommend your children go there. We loved it.
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Key Information

For all direct registrations managed by bestchance, please see below for key dates;

Registrations for 1st round offers close 30 June 2020

1st round offer process to commence mid to late July 2020

2nd round offer process to commence early to mid-August 2020

Registrations received after 30 June 2020, will be included in the 2nd round offer process and subsequent offer rounds that will be conducted fortnightly until December 2020 where vacancies or waitlists apply.

If you think your child has additional needs, you should indicate this on their registration. Additional needs could include;

  • A disability
  • A developmental delay
  • A medical condition whereby a child requires assistance in order to participate in the kindergarten program

This information is important so that your kindergarten teacher/s may assist you to apply for additional resources.

Proof of birth is required when applying. Australia Government documentation such as a birth certificate or passport is preferred

Immunisation History Statement downloaded from Medicare Online or MyGov

You will incur a Registration Application Fee of $25 per child, per service

As per the information bestchance is provided from the Department of Education and Training, we are required to prioritise vulnerable children when it comes to allocations.

Whoever manages your registration (Council included) may also apply their own POA to your allocation.

Some of the POA criteria may include;

  • Demonstrated Link to Service
  • Proximity to Service
  • Submitted before 1st round cut-off date

The No Jab No Play legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016. Under this new legislation, children will be required to have their immunisations up to date or have an approved exemption to commence kindergarten.

An Immunisation History Statement from Medicare Australia must be produced prior to your child commencing kindergarten showing immunisations are up to date. This is a condition of being able to commence kindergarten.

To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 3 or 4 years of age or older by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten. Please see the below eligibility table for more information.

Note: Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing. If not, fees will be payable to hold the place.

Most of bestchance’s services offer Unfunded Sessional Programs. These programs are optional but not subsidised by the State Government and are therefore more expensive.

Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing in an Unfunded Sessional Program. This means that your child may start kindergarten after the start of term 1 however, you may be required to pay the full-term fee in order to hold the place.

Note: Attendance in an Unfunded Sessional Program does not guarantee that you will be offered a place in the Funded Sessional Kindergarten Program at the same service. If you would like your child to attend a Funded Sessional Kindergarten Program in the following year, you will need to complete
a 4-year-old registration.

All 4-year-old children are eligible, and funded, to attend at least 600 hours of kindergarten in the year before they start school. This is usually 15 hours per week over 40 weeks of the school year. 

For current school term dates, click here.

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides free kindergarten to eligible 3-year-old children. Children
are eligible for ESK if they are aged 3 by 30 April in the year they will be attending a kindergarten program, and;

  • The child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • The family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST).

Once you have found your preferred kindergarten, you will need to complete a registration process to be considered for allocation to that kindergarten.

bestchance manages kindergarten programs across numerous local government areas and the registration and
group allocation process differs across them.

bestchance is solely responsible for managing and assisting you with your child’s enrolment into kindergarten.

What is EYM?

In June 2016, the Department of Education and Training introduced a new policy framework for Early Years Management (EYM) to replace the 2009 Kindergarten Cluster Management framework. 

The new policy reflects the broader role of EYM organisations in delivering a greater range of integrated early years services. EYM supports community-based kindergartens in delivering high quality education and care programs for children and families. 

For information on the roles, responsibilities and benefits of all involved in EYM, click the More Information button.

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