Kindergartens

West Wimmera Shire Council operates kindergartens in Goroke, Edenhope and Kaniva.

In all of our kindergartens we offer a play-based, emergent curriculum, where children initiate and lead their own learning. Our focus is on exploration rather than on teaching specific skills. Kindergarten is not "practice for Prep" where your child will be taught to read and write before they attend school. Our focus is on social skills, self-help skills, encouraging exploration and wonder, and setting children up to have a love of learning.

Our educators acknowledge parents and families as their child's first teachers; and are passionate about encouraging a sense of belonging and providing the best outcomes for children and families.

Eligibility for Kindergarten

We provide equal access and participation for all eligible children. It is important to note that a child's readiness for kindergarten, and then school, is very individual. Just because your child meets the cut-off date for eligibility, doesn't necessarily mean they should begin kindergarten then. The teachers and Early Years Coordinator are happy to talk with you about your own family's situation and what might work best for your child.

Amendments to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 in January 2016 meant that early childhood education and care services cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/carer has provided documentation that shows the child:

  • Is fully vaccinated for their age, or;
  • Is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations;or
  • Has a medical reason not to be vaccinated
  • 'Conscientious objection' to vaccination is not an exemption. A child cannot attend the service until acceptable documentation is provided

    4 year old Kindergarten Program

    A child is eligible to be enrolled in the Kindergarten program if they turn four before the 30th April in the year that they will attend.

    3 year old Pre-Kinder Program

    A child is eligible to be enrolled in the Pre-Kinder (3+ year old) program if they turn 3 before 30th April in the year that they will attend.

    Locations

    KindergartenAddressPhone Number
    Goroke Kindergarten9 Compston Street, Goroke VIC 341203 5386 1113
    Edenhope Kindergarten52 Langford Street, Edenhope VIC 331803 5585 1571
    Kaniva Kindergarten25 Baker Street, Kaniva VIC 341903 5392 2671

    Contact

    Catherine Hurley
    Early Years Coordinator
    PO Box 201, Edenhope VIC 3318
    Phone: 03 5392 7700
    Email: earlyyears@westwimmera.vic.gov.au

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