Uniting Kindergarten.

Start your child's education journey with a safe space and a friendly face. With our personalised programs and professional supervision, your child can build positive relationships and skills for life.

Kinder with heart

Kindergarten in Victoria.

Going to kindergarten helps children develop the skills, confidence, and resilience needed for a successful transition to school. Through our unique, age-appropriate kindergarten programs, children can transition to school equipped with the familiarity of a structured learning environment and the support and encouragement of our educators.

We encourage your child to engage with their surroundings, respect other cultures, express themselves and connect with their peers. Your child will explore their sense of self and creativity in environments that are filled with art, music, numbers, and language.

The role of kindergarten in early childhood

Social development

Learning to interact with other children and adults in a positive way helps children develop strong social skills, which will benefit them throughout their lives and prepare them for school.

Early literacy skills

Through a range of activities, kindergarten helps children develop literacy skills, giving them a strong foundation for future learning.

Encourage independence

Kindergarten provides a safe, nurturing environment that helps children develop a sense of self-confidence and independence.

Academic preparation

Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to get familiar with the structure of early
education, allowing them to ease into the transition from home to school.

Develop motor skills

Children further develop their motor skills, balance and coordination through a range of outdoor activities, promoting both healthy bodies and minds.

Our kindergarten programs

The foundations we lay in kindergarten become the building blocks for your child’s success at school. By tailoring our programs to children and their families, we can blend the formal requirements of the curriculum with the realworld needs of our community delivering a wellrounded learning experience for all.

All of our kindergarten services use the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Government Early Years Learning Framework to guide the way we nurture children in our services.

Some of our services use a Steiner, Montessori or Reggio Emilia approach that also meets the requirements of the Australian and Victorian Early Years Frameworks.

At our kindergartens, children are encouraged to express themselves, explore new ideas, and build relationships with our teachers and each other.

We help them develop new skills and get used to more formal learning, so they are ready and excited about starting school.

Through a range of activities including journeys filled with numbers, arts and languages, your child will have the opportunity to learn and play. Multiple incursions and excursions provide your child with enriching experiences that enable them to develop their confidence and curiosity.

Our kindergarten locations

We have a range of kindergartens across Victoria. Find your closest kindergarten here:

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If you are interested in enrolling in a Uniting kindergarten service, you can fill out our expression of interest form. Alternatively, if you require more information or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact the kindergarten location directly.

Frequently asked questions

Kindergarten is not compulsory in Victoria or Tasmania, however the majority of children do attend at least one year of kindergarten (four year old kindergarten) to develop social skills and help ease the transition to school.

Our programs are tailored to the unique needs, abilities and interests of children to support their individual development. Programs may differ between age groups depending on the needs of the children.

Some programs and locations may be subsidised by the Victorian and Tasmanian state governments. To find out if you are eligible, please contact our team for more information.

While the times of your kindergarten sessions may vary depending on your specific location, children attend kindergarten for 15 hours a week.

Yes, Uniting is an inclusive environment for children and families from all different backgrounds. We can provide translated materials and interpreters on request.

Kindergarten news

If you have more than one child aged 5 or under in care, you may soon get a higher Child Care Subsidy …
The Australian Government is removing the annual cap for all families who get Child Care Subsidy. If you earn more than $190,015, …
This year our teams across Victoria and Tasmania had to quickly adapt to ensure children and families maintained a strong connection and …
Uniting has welcomed a report to improve access to and connections with early childhood services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families …
The St Andrews Sunbury Kindergarten Tree Warmer project launched in April to realise our mission and commitment to encouraging children, families and …
All children deserve access to quality education that gives them the best start to life. That’s why Uniting Vic. Tas has been …
Victoria has started its funded three-year-old kindergarten program in six local council areas, including South Gippsland, Buloke, Hinmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie, and …