3 Year Old Kindergarten Information


What is the Kinder Tick?

Have you seen this symbol?

The Y Whittlesea uses the Kinder Tick because we’re an approved provider of a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program. That means our service delivers a play-based learning program, led by a qualified early childhood teacher.

The Kinder Tick shows we meet criteria in the funding guidelines set out by the Victorian Government — which means you can have confidence that your child’s learning and development will be supported by qualified early childhood teachers and educators through a responsive, evidence-based learning program.

At our service, we offer Three-Year-Old Kindergarten as well as kindergarten programs in the year before school.

Research from across the globe shows that two years of quality kindergarten programs improves a child’s learning outcomes.

Children who attend two years of kindergarten also show higher levels of emotional intelligence and wellbeing into their school years and beyond.

By looking for the Kinder Tick, you can be certain your child will be taking part in a kinder program that will give them their best start in life.

To find out more, visit: vic.gov.au/kinder

For more information families can look at the Kinder Tick Families Fact Sheet.

Application Process

To enrol in our sessional kindergarten program at Galada Kindergarten, Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre, Kirrip Kindergarten or Eucalyptus Parade Kindergarten please visit: www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/community-support/children-and-families/3yo-kinder

To enrol in our 3 year old Funded Kindergarten Program at Mill Park Heights Childcare Centre & Kindergarten, Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre (Long Day Care) and Diggers Rest Early Learning Centre please contact the service directly.

Please click here for the contact details for all our sites.


What is the difference between sessional and an integrated kindergarten?

Both programs are delivered by a fully qualified kindergarten teacher. There is no difference between the educational programs offered other than the length of days and allocation of days to attend. A long day care centre can offer a full day of education and care, including a kindergarten program. The teacher-led kindergarten program is integrated with additional hours of education and care. At a standalone service, a kindergarten program will only operate on certain days and at specific times. These days and hours are set by the kindergarten service.

What does funded kindergarten mean?

This means the program is subsidised, it is not a free program but costs are kept at a lower rate.

How do I enrol?

Please click here to see our enrolment process for each of our centres.

Does CCS cover funded kinder or is this an additional fee?

Typically CCS in a long day care model can cover up to 85% of your daily fee for integrated kindergarten. This does not apply to sessional kindergarten.

When can my child start?

Your child must turn 3 years old before they can commence in the program. If your child turns 3 after the 30th of April, they cannot attend the 3 year old kinder program.

What do our services offer?

Galada Kindergarten – Sessional 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre – Sessional and Integrated 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

Mill Park Heights Child Care Centre & Kindergarten – Integrated 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

Diggers Rest Early Learning Centre – Integrated 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

Kirrip Kindergarten – Sessional 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

Eucalyptus Parade Kindergarten – Sessional 3 and 4 year old Kinder.

What are the session times?

Sessional kinder – We are offering up to 5 hours per week – please refer to our timetable.

Long day Care – Our 3 year old kindergarten program is offered 5 hours a day 5 days a week.

For more information please contact the service you are enrolling in.

What is the cost for kinder?

The kindergarten fee subsidy allows children to access funded kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for free or at low cost.

Your child is eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy:

  • if your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).

or if your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:

  • a Commonwealth Health Care Card
  • a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  • a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card
  • Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)

Long Day Care – Your child’s kinder fee is your daily fee after child care subsidy.

Do we need to pay a deposit?

Sessional Kinder – A deposit of $50.00 is paid to hold your position which will come off your term fee. This deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw your application.

Long Day Care – No deposit is charged.

Should my child be toilet trained?

Your child does not need to be toilet trained to attend 3 year old kinder. We assist all children with their toileting needs when and where required.

Does my child need to bring lunch or snacks?

Sessional Kinder – Children will need to bring a healthy lunch box and a drink bottle filled with water.

Long day care – Lunch is provided to all children attending Long Day Care.

How many children are in a kindergarten group?

Our 3-year-old kinder groups can cater between 15-22 children per day.

What programs do we offer?

Our kindergarten program’s ensure children learn through play-based learning. Teachers support and help develop your child’s curiosity, concentration, resilience and creativity. They will learn the foundations of language skills, basic math’s concepts and how to regulate their behaviour. To see the Y programs offered at our services please visit one of our Early Learning Centre pages:

Galada Kindergarten

Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre

Mill Park Heights Child Care Centre & Kindergarten

Diggers Rest Early Learning Centre

Kirrip Kindergarten

Eucalyptus Parade Kindergarten

Benefits of the Y's Kindergarten

Benefits of 3 year old kindergarten

  • 2 years gives your child more time to develop essential skills to prepare them for school
  • 5 hours per week with Bachelor qualified teacher
  • Perfect stepping stone to prepare them for 4 year old kindergarten
  • High quality programmes

We also offer educational and rewarding extra-curricular activities including:

  • Y Ranger
  • Y Chef
  • Y Linguist
  • Y Community
  • Y Gardner
  • Y Scientist
  • Y Performer
  • Y Athlete


Benefits of 2 years of kindergarten

  • Develop socially and emotionally
  • Develop resilience, self-awareness and respect for others
  • Develop their language and numeracy skills through play based learning
  • Develop their physical skills – both fine and gross motor skills
  • Develop their concentration and focus on tasks provided


See what our families have to say about our centres!

Galada Kindergarten

Diggers Rest Early Learning Centre

Mill Park Heights Childcare Centre & Kindergarten

Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre

Eucalyptus Parade Kindergarten

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