Kindergarten programs

On this page you will find information about council managed kindergartens in the Surf Coast Shire.

Apply for a 2018 kindergarten place.

Apply for a 2017 kindergarten place.

If you have any queries, please email centralapplication@surfcoast.vic.gov.au

Download the Family Information Booklet for more information .

Council managed kindergarten services

Anglesea Kindergarten
32 McMillan Street, Anglesea 3230
5263 1376
Apply now.
Jan Juc Pre-School
Bob Pettit Reserve, Jan Juc
PO Box 120, Torquay 3228
5261 2643
Apply now.
Helen M Kininmonth Pre-School
32 Hesse Street, Winchelsea
5267 2061
Apply now.
Lorne Pre-School
32 Smith Street, Lorne
5289 1734
www.lornekindergarten.com.au
Apply now.
Torquay Kindergarten
Children's Services Hub
27 Grossmans Road, Torquay
5261 0549
Apply now.
Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre
12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay 
5261 0600
 Apply now.

To apply for a non-Council managed kindergarten, please contact the kindergarten directly.

Council is committed to providing great services for families and children who live and work in the municipality.

View a copy of Council's Early Years and Youth Brochure.

The Early Years Newsletter comes out once each term. You can subscribe to the newsletter and have it arrive in your inbox every term. Contact Council at torquaychildrenshub@surfcoast.vic.gov.au to sign up.

What is kindergarten?

Kindergarten is for children aged between four and six years and it is an important step for your child. It helps them learn skills they will build on throughout their life. Visit www.education.vic.gov.au to learn more about how kindergarten can benefit your child.

What is pre-kindergarten?

Pre-kindergarten programs are only available for children who have turned three years of age before the start of the first term. It is 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.

What will my child learn at these programs?

Early childhood educators develop and implement a play based curriculum for children, taking into account their current knowledge, culture, abilities, ideas, interests and individual needs. The Victorian Early Learning Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia guide the program's development.

Surf Coast Shire kindergartens connect with other early years’ services through local early years’ reference groups and kindergarten network groups. They keep the community informed via the early years’ noticeboards, general display areas in townships as well as through the Surf Coast Shire Early Years Newsletter and webpage.

Council manages the governance for Anglesea, Jan Jun, Lorne, Torquay and Winchelsea kindergartens through an Early Years Management model. Find out more about our cluster models in our cluster management FAQs.

Services that are not part of the cluster management model are independently operated by voluntary parent advisory groups. Council works hand in hand with the volunteer Parent Advisory Group, staff and families to ensure local community needs are met. Families are able to participate in the program with their children and support social and fundraising activities. 

For a list of kindergartens within the Surf Coast Shire, including contact details, please view our kindergartens and preschools webpage.

There are also a number of long day care centres within the community that run kindergarten programs. For more information please visit our child care centres webpage.

Fees and funding

Kindergartens have individual fee schedules. This schedule is based on location and cost of operation. Please have a look at our factsheet for more information.

Families applying for the kindergarten program are eligible for a fee subsidy and may be able to access the four year old program free of charge. 

Some pre-kindergarten children may also be eligible for an Early Start kindergarten place. Please see the guidance on fee subsidy and Early Start listed in the Information for Families brochure or visit the State Government’s education and training webpage.