This year we are running one 3 year session: Fridays 9.00am to 2.00pm
Each session there is one teacher and one co-educator (diploma certified). The staff to child ratio is 1:11 children.
Children can attend three-year-old kindergarten as soon as they turn three. Even if this is halfway through the year.
Our Kindergarten program for three-year-old children will be free in 2021 as part of a $169.6 million investment in early childhood education in the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget. This applies to Victorian Government-funded services.
Free Kinder forms part of the economic recovery support for Victorians as we recover from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The initiative is for 2021 only.
You may be thinking that five hours does not seem like much but it is enough for a 3-year-old. It is often the first step out of the home and into a communal space with directed activities. Children have the experience of packing their bags, putting it on a hook, going to the toilet in a new place, washing hands before eating and coming together with other children to sing songs and play.
Being such a short time, there is often very little guided activities. We allow the children to explore the space and encourage sharing, we sit down together for a snack etc.