Three year old kindergarten programs are an opportunity for children to learn in a flexible, play based environment where educators use a combination of child-led and intentional teaching to support each child’s individual learning.
Research shows that play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s development. These benefits last into the school years and beyond.
The evidence also shows that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning.
A quality kindergarten program will have more of an impact for children who start at age three rather than four. The benefits are even greater for children who are in vulnerable circumstances.
Children are given the opportunity to use their imagination and practise important skills, such as problem solving, through play-based learning.
Children start to learn literacy, numeracy and language skills at kindergarten. They also learn how to get along with others, share, listen, and focus their attention.
Teachers and educators help children become curious, creative, and confident about learning. Often, they will introduce a play-experience, idea or topic and let children lead their own learning through exploration and experimentation
Kindergarten programs are designed to meet the needs of their local families. All kindergarten programs work with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. This makes sure the programs are right for children's ages.
Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is a government funded kindergarten program for all children to access. To be eligible, your child must have turned three years of age by 30 April in the year they attend three year-old Kindergarten.
Children will only be able to access one year of government funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.
Children accessing Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will transition to Four-Year-Old Kindergarten the following year.