Centralised Kindergarten Registration
Registrations at the seven kindergartens in the Central Goldfields Shire municipality is coordinated by Central Goldfields Shire Council.
This system allows families to lodge their registration forms, including their kindergarten preferences online. The Central Kindergarten Registration makes it a simpler, more convenient process rather than submitting forms to each kindergarten individually.
The system ensures that all of our local children will receive a kindergarten place in 2022.
For more information about kindergarten, the enrolment process and frequently asked questions click HERE(PDF, 377KB)
2021 key dates
First round - 25 May, 2021 to 30 June, 2021
Second round - 13 July, 2021 to 10 August, 2021
Third round - 4 October, 2021
Any questions please contact Central Goldfields Shire Council at Central.Registrations@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
Late applications - applications received after the closing date (late registrations) will be placed on the central waiting list for consideration after initial registrations are processed. Placements from the waiting list are made according to kindergarten preferences, available vacancies and priority of access.
More information about our seven local kindergartens, including contact details and sessions days and times, is provided below:
A.G. Leech Kindergarten
Address: 26 Alma Street, Maryborough
Phone: 03 4311 1560
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)
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.2
Contact us at any time for a tour.
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)
Open day: Friday May 28, 9 am - 11 am
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 2022, Goldfields Family Centre are offering 2 sessions of integrated three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten.
Families can choose one session from the two sessions available.
Monday and Tuesday 8.30 am - 4.00 pm (15hrs)
Thursday and Friday 8.30 am - 4.00 pm (15hrs)
Wednesday June 2, 9 am - 11 am
Thursday June 3, 9 am - 11 am Please book 03 5461 6500
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.
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 Year Old Kindergarten Program:
Wednesday & Thursday 0830-1600
Four Year Old Kindergarten Program:
Monday & Tuesday 0830-1600
We are located in a quiet area of Maryborough with beautiful sate bushland as a back drop. We offer long day care as well as 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten, our kindergarten program has an emergent curriculum with a school readiness program linked to the Australian School Curriculum. The children have play based learning environments with small group learning opportunities, we use the Australian Language and Literacy Program -Tommy Turtle which is also used in a number of the local primary schools. Our Environments are set up to have a homelike feel with engaging and meaningful provocations for children to explore and learn through. Our curriculum is linked in with the EYLF, VEYLF, NQS and The Australian curriculum. Our kindergarten program is run by an Early Childhood Teacher with a Bachelor of Education. Towards the end of the year we do a lunch box program for children to get use to lunch boxes, rationing the items in their lunch box and opening different containers. During this time we still provide all the food, we just ask that families provide a lunch box for their child.
We love being connected to the natural world and use a range of natural loose parts within our day to day learning. We are very passionate about sustainability and have recently completed the “Little Green Steps Program” and are constantly putting into practice and teaching children about reduce, reusing and recycling. When possible we like to engage in the community by hosting events, having incursions or excursions and participating in community activities.
Our Kindergarten is a funded Integrated Kindergarten. Whilst we are funded we are not 100% subsidised which means fees do still occur. Included in the fees are all incursions, excursions, meals, sunscreen and nappies. Fees are determined by each individual families Child Care Subsidy.
Talbot Back Creek Kindergarten
We are again seeking expressions of interest from families who would like to attend the Back Creek Kinder for 2022. On offer will be 15 hours of integrated 3 & 4 year old funded kindergarten program. Located on Fyffe Street Talbot, this small centre provides a unique program that is strongly linked to the local community. The kinder has a strong relationship with the Talbot Primary School, which supports the transition from kinder to primary school for our 4 year old students.
You can express your interest by completing the online Central Registration form and listing Talbot as your first or second preference.
T.L. Stone Memorial Kindergarten
Address: Princes Park, Maryborough
Three year old program: The 3 year old program will be integrated with the 4 year old program and run over 3 short days (15 hours). Session days and times TBC.
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.