Brimbank three-year-olds will be able to access five hours of kindergarten each week, starting in 2022 – with families encouraged to apply for their place in mid-April.
Currently, the Victorian Government subsidises 15 hours per week of kindergarten in the year before school, known as four-year-old kindergarten.
The introduction of funded three-year-old kindergarten will give children an additional year of learning and building social skills, to ensure they are ready for school.
The three-year-old kindergarten program will be tailored to meet the needs of local children, led by a qualified teacher who will support children to develop curiosity, concentration, resilience and creativity.
Registrations for the 2022 three-year-old programs are centralised through Brimbank City Council and can be made online from mid-April 2021.
Children must turn three by 30 April in the year they attend three-year-old kindergarten.
For more information or to register, visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/kinder or call 9249 4000.
Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:
“Early years education is a strategic advocacy priority at Brimbank – so we are delighted that all children will have the opportunity to access up to five hours of funded three-year-old kindergarten, from next year.
“Early years learning gives young children the best possible foundation for a lifetime of learning, and every Brimbank child deserves the best start.
“This additional year of play-based learning, with a qualified teacher, is an invaluable opportunity for children to learn language skills, basic maths concepts, how to regulate their behaviour and get along with others.
“Unfortunately, participation rates in three-year-old kindergarten are low in Brimbank – with just one in three eligible children participating in some areas.
“I encourage all parents and guardians to register their three-year-old in April 2021, in time to start three-year-old kindergarten next year.”