Centralised Kindergarten Registration
Kindergartens provide a strong foundation for your child's learning and development. They improve language and help children learn through play-based programs that foster your child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs. They help your child adapt to new people, situations and environments, and set them on a path of learning for life.
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Kindergarten Registration and Enrolment Process
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.
For more information about kindergarten, the enrolment process and frequently asked questions click HERE(PDF, 377KB)
2022 Key Dates
First round - 30 May 2022 to 23 July 2022
Second round (late applications) - 2 August 2022
Late applications received after the first round of placements will be managed as they are submitted. Requests for a place after the first round are made according to kindergarten preferences, available vacancies and priority of access. Please allow for two weeks (10 business days) to process these requests.
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When to start Kindergarten
|If your child was born between
||Year Eligible for 3YO
||Year Eligible for 4YO
||Year Eligible to attend school
| Born before 30 April 2018
| Born before 30 April 2019
| Born before 30 April 2020
| Born before 30 April 2021
Any questions please contact Central Goldfields Shire Council at Central.Registrations@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
Times and days could be subject to change pending enrolments. Please always check with your preferred kindergarten choices. 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: (03) 4311 1565
Three-year-old program: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 2.00pm
Four-year-old program: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8.30am - 4.00pm
Californian Gully Kindergarten is a welcoming environment for children and their families. We recognise our families as the child’s first teacher and that each child and family are unique, with their own strengths, interests and needs.
Our program is informed by the National and Victorian Early Years Curriculum Framework, as well as evidence from ongoing current research. We believe that children are capable young people who thrive when their individual strengths and interests are encouraged. We embrace a play-based curriculum, providing open ended resources for children to use creatively and innovatively, an emerging curriculum that is flexible and responsive to the needs of children, families and the local community.
We aim to provide an environment rich in stories, language, and conversations, where children are encouraged to voice their ideas and share their knowledge. We run an indoor / outdoor program all year round, giving children a sense of agency and control over their learning. We believe in providing children with the opportunity for uninterrupted play, allowing for freedom to think, explore, experience, experiment, create and collaborate. With this in mind, we have progressive snack times, for children to access their snack as they feel hungry. We provide a group time and whole group lunch that allows us to come together, promoting a sense of community and providing an opportunity to share ideas, engage in conversation, listen to others, develop, and practice skills within a social group.
We encourage children’s sense of independence and autonomy by providing authentic experiences, using real tools, materials and processes. We provide children with opportunities to take safe risks, allowing children to build on their resilience, persistence and make them aware of their own capabilities and limits. We believe in providing children with a strong knowledge of the importance of sustainability and implement sustainable practices throughout our program. This includes our vegetable garden, recycling, worm farm, water saving ideas to name a few. Many of the materials used in our program are sourced through recycling and repurposing.
We are dedicated to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are actively recognised for being Australia’s First Nations peoples. We are committed to educating children, embedding an awareness and respect for Indigenous culture in our program, promoting an understanding of diversity and inclusiveness.
We aim to provide a fun, kind, trustworthy environment where children and their families feel safe and supported.
Address: Maude Street, Dunolly
Phone: 5468 1334
Integrated Three and Four-Year-Old Program:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 8.15am - 3.45pm (three groups)
Group One: Monday and Tuesday
Group Two: Tuesday and Wednesday
Group Three: Monday and Wednesday
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.
Goldfields Family Centre are offering integrated three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten sessions.
Families can choose one session from the following sessions available.
- Monday and Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00 pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
- Monday and Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
- Thursday and Friday 8.30am - 4.00 pm
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.
Roseberry House Early Learning Centre
Address: 123 Inkerman Street, Maryborough
Phone: 5461 2544
Integrated Three and Four Year Old Kindergarten Program:
The centre is open from 6.30am to 6pm with an integrated Kindergarten Program
Monday to Friday with flexible days and hours to suit family’s individual care requirements.
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 Kindergarten (Back Creek)
Address: 2 Fyffe Street, Talbot
Phone: (03) 4329 0482
We operate an integrated 4 year old and 3 year old kindergarten program on the days and times below:
Three Year Old Kindergarten Program:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8.30am – 1.30pm
Four Year Old Kindergarten Program:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8.30am – 1.30pm
Wednesday & Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Talbot Kindergarten is a small, friendly centre located in the quiet township of Talbot.
At Talbot Kindergarten we believe that children learn best through play, discovery and being actively involved in their learning. Our Kindergarten is family-centred and focuses on the connections that children have with their family and community.
We create a learning environment that is welcoming, safe, fun and is in harmony with the natural environment.
Talbot Kindergarten proudly displays the Kinder Tick to help families feel confident that our program is recognised as a funded kindergarten program and:
- Is led by qualified staff
- Children benefit from play-based learning
- The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
- Our program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework
T.L. Stone Memorial Kindergarten
Address: Princes Park, Maryborough
Integrated Three and Four-Year-Old Program:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm (four groups)
Group One: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Group Two: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Group Three: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Group Four: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
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.