Centralised Kindergarten Enrolment
Families wishing to enrol their children in three and four-year-old kindergarten for 2021 can do so now via the new Central Registration System HERE.
Registrations can be submitted up until Monday 31 August.
This year, for the first time, registrations at the seven kindergartens in the Central Goldfields Shire municipality is being coordinated by Central Goldfields Shire Council.
The new system allows families to lodge their registration forms, including their kindergarten preferences online. The system makes it a simpler, more convenient process rather than submitting forms to each kindergarten individually.
Families needing assistance with the process, can visit the Goldfields Family Centre at 100 Napier Street, Maryborough. Hard copies of the registration form will be available at each kindergarten from Wednesday 1 July.
Whilst every effort will be made to ensure families receive their first preference, the system ensures that all of our local children will receive a kindergarten place in 2021.
Families are encouraged to do their own research by contacting local kindergartens to decide which option works best for their individual family.
For more information about kindergarten, the enrolment process and frequently asked questions click HERE(PDF, 371KB) .
More information about our seven local kindergartens, including contact details and sessions days and times, is provided below:
A.G. Leech Kindergarten
Address: 6 Alma Street, Maryborough
Phone: 5461 2588
Three year old program: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 2pm (15 hours)
Four year old program: Tuesday, Wednesday 8.30am to 4pm (15 hours)
Open day information: Friday 21 August 1 to 4pm or by individual appointment please call Sherelle on 03 4311 1560.
At A.G. Leech kindergarten our values are guided by our passionate approach towards early childhood learning and development of each child to become respectful and responsible future citizens within the community.
Kinder is like another home, another family, a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. A place children look forward to coming to.
We believe children learn through play whilst being supported by actively involved educators who scaffold, guide and assist their learning and development. Unhurried, uninterrupted and flexible play are strongly valued within our team beliefs.
We follow and extend on the children’s learning whilst ensuring we support and guide social and emotional well-being. We believe as a team of educators that this underlies a holistic approach to children’s learning.
We believe a safe and secure environment promotes the development of relationships within our kindergarten community. Inclusiveness and acceptance are paramount to ensure all families feel welcome within our service.
We value our natural learning environment and utilise this strongly through the implementation of our program and practice.
We run a bush kinder program to further children’s opportunities of exploring nature.
We believe in embedding sustainability practices to educate children on the future impacts that can arise in the world they are growing up in.
We believe in strengthening our relationship within the broader community to continue building on the 50-year foundations of what A.G. Leech stands for within the society.
Back Creek Kinder - Talbot
Address: Fyffe Street, Talbot
Phone: 5463 2598
Californian Gully Kindergarten
Address: 31 Wills Street, Maryborough
Phone: 5461 1010
Three year old program: 3 x 5 hour days (15 hours), days and times TBC
Four year old program: Monday and Tuesday 8.30am to 4pm (15 hours)
For almost 60 years, Californian Gully Kindergarten has continued to provide a quality preschool education for the children in Maryborough and the wider local area.
Qualified and dedicated staff offer a fully equipped, stimulating play-based educational program where children explore and learn through their own unique intelligences and at their own developmental level. We value strong, positive, caring and inclusive relationships between children, families, early childhood professionals, primary schools and the community to nurture and support children in these vital early years of life.
Consistent with the Early Learning and Development Frameworks, our learning program supports and enriches children’s knowledge and understandings in the areas of maths and science, language and literature, environment and sustainability, wellbeing and the arts.
We offer a safe, inviting and welcoming, light-filled spacious and uncluttered rooms with direct access to the large outdoor learning environment and upgraded bathroom area. We offer an engaging natural outdoor space with award winning gardens, large tree-shaded sand pit connected to a decking with mud kitchen, two new shaded double timber swing sets, a winding bike track, fixed & movable climbing equipment including climbing frames, wooden jumping/balance boards with landing mats and a spacious undercover learning area for all weather.
We deliver the only dedicated kitchen and garden program in the area in partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden Program. Children nurture, harvest, cook and share seasonal food from our productive garden, encouraging team work, critical thinking, an understanding of cause and effect and increased levels of observation and other lifelong learning skills. Families embrace our program which provide hands-on understanding of literacy, numeracy, science, to name a few. Many families value and appreciate this pleasurable food education and continue to return to enrol all their children so they have the opportunity to experience this quality and integrated preschool program.
Address: Maude Street, Dunolly
Phone: 5468 1334
Three year old program: Integrated with four year old group - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.45am to 1.45pm (15 hours)
Four year old program: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8.45 am to 1.45 pm (15 hours)
Dunolly Kindergarten is an early childhood community for creative and independent thinkers and an exciting place where children can explore the rich possibilities of childhood. We have a genuine vision for early childhood education with a clear philosophy which underpins our pedagogy and practice.
Our vision is to be true to our philosophy and to be dedicated to our children, families and the community. To be able to inspire, create, explore and foster a love of learning through our play based curriculum.
We are dedicated to co-constructing play spaces that include natural elements and materials which allow for open ended exploration. We are passionate about seeing all children as competent, capable, creative, respectful and inclusive learners.
Dunolly Kindergarten’s philosophy is continually evolving to reflect the needs of our children, families and our community and to being a contemporary leader in early childhood education in central Victoria.
Goldfields Family Centre
Address: 100 Napier Street, Maryborough
Phone: 5461 6500
Three and four year old kindergarten program:
In 2021, three and four-year-old kindergarten will be offered over five days - 8.30am to 4pm (7.5hrs per day).
Our sessions will be integrated three-year-old and four-year-old and families can choose from the following two days:
- Monday and Wednesday
- Monday and Tuesday
- Tuesday and Wednesday
- Thursday and Friday
Children are asked to bring their own nutritious lunch box that will cater for an morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack. Sunscreen will be supplied.
Our Kindergarten Early Learning Community is uniquely set within a Community Centre that offers support and resources at families’ fingertips, from offering 6:45am-6pm before and after care and Maternal Child Health Nurse on hand.
Our Kindergarten program and pedagogy reflect our philosophy towards supporting children’s learning and development in a holistic light. The children at Goldfield’s Kindergarten can engage in a variety of experiences and activities that includes each individual child’s holistic learning and development needs and interests. From offering indoor/outdoor play in all conditions, yoga, cooking experiences, using our technological resources to travel alongside children’s learning journey in extending & exploring their idea’s and knowledge, loose part play and valuing the importance for children to explore their world organically through play.
Within our program we incorporate natural resources and ‘real world’ connections, including sustainable practices, Kinder pets, worm farm, compost and vegetable garden; to build children’s knowledge of and respect towards our natural world and empowering children to be tomorrow’s advocates for our world.
We value the interconnection of children’s loved ones within their learning journey and their contributions towards the program and the local community; offering a variety of experiences for children to connect with our community such as excursions, incursions, bush kinder and our Kinder ‘Communal Fire Pit’.
We believe in creating a nurturing and supportive atmosphere, empowering each child’s ‘unique self’ and fostering each child to positively thrive in the Early Learning Environment, to step into the transition to school with a confident ‘sense of self’ and the tools to flourish.
Paisley Park Early Learning Centre
Address: 123 Inkerman Street, Maryborough
Phone: 5461 2544
Three and four year old program: Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm
All meals, sunscreens, nappies, and wipes are provided.
Paisley Park Maryborough VIC offers extended hours from 6.30am to 6pm to suit working families, all meals are provided and cooked by our on-site chef using fresh, locally sourced produce.
We have separate learning environments for 3 and 4 year old’s and both kindergarten sessions run 5 days a week 9am to 3pm to allow for flexibility when choosing days.
We have an additional school preparation program that includes: A weekly bush kindergarten session, a curriculum focused on building children’s independence, resilience and confidence, strong relationships with local schools, practical transition program, sustainable learning, farmyard pets and vegetable gardens.
T.L. Stone Memorial Kindergarten
Address: Princes Park, Maryborough
Three year old program: Monday and Friday, 9am to 4.30pm (15 hours)
Four year old program: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 2pm (15 hours)
T. L. Stone Memorial Kindergarten is situated in the beautiful Princes Park Precinct. It is the oldest kindergarten in Maryborough. The purpose built building reflects the communities understanding of children’s needs from a bygone era and has been loving been brought into the present day. It boasts a large, beautiful garden to play in and enjoy.
Features of the program include:
- an emphasis on acquiring strong literacy and numeracy skills
- good health and wellbeing, looking at nature with wonder and awe
- caring for the vegetable patch and being involved in the cooking program
- joining in the yoga experiences
- enjoying music and movement activities that are intertwined in both the indoor and outdoor environment
- investing in the future by encouraging children to become involved in the STEM activities provided.