Sessional Kindergarten (3 & 4 year old)

Sessional Kindergarten

The Department of Education & Training (Victoria) provides a per capita grant for every child attending a 4-year-old kindergarten program. This funding enables the centre to employ Bachelor qualified kindergarten teachers in our 4yo kindergarten programs in the long day care and sessional kindergarten programs, allowing children to receive a minimum 15 hours of kindergarten per week in the year prior to starting school. Each child can access this funding once. Your child cannot be enrolled in two funded programs. A child who is formally assessed as having significant additional needs may be entitled to a second year of funded pre-school. This does not include children who are delaying entry to school because their parents think that they are too young.

Minimum age for attendance

Children must be 3 years old by 31 January in order to commence 3 year old kindergarten.
Children must be 4 years old by 31 January in order to commence 4 year old kindergarten.

To add your child to our waiting list, please complete the Sessional Kindergarten application form on this website.

Play-Based Curriculum

The 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs use a learning through play curriculum based on the Early Learning Years Framework.

It may look like children are “just playing”, but learning is going on through play. Experiences set up in the room are planned from observations of the children’s strengths, needs and interests and encourage exploration of literacy, numeracy and science concepts etc. Interacting with the children also encourages these explorations.

Sessional Kindergarten 2018 Timetable

3 Year Old Groups

THURSDAY 9.15 – 3.15

FRIDAY 9.15 – 3.15

2018 FEES
Fees for the 3 year old Orange and Purple groups – $700 per term ($140 per fortnight).


4 Year Old Groups

4 year old kindergarten offers 17 hours per week for Blue and Green groups for each child.

WEDNESDAY 8.30 – 5.00
FRIDAY 8.30 – 5.00

TUESDAY 8.30 – 5.00
THURSDAY 8.30 – 5.00

2018 FEES
Fees for 4 year old sessional kindergarten are $110 per day (child care subsidy will apply). 4 year old sessional kindergarten runs throughout the year for 48 weeks (including school holidays).


No Jab No Play Legislation

The Victorian Government has passed new immunisation legislation named ‘No Jab, No Play’, which took effect on 1 January 2016. All children seeking enrolment at Poets Grove Family and Children’s Centre must be fully immunised. To find out more visit the “No Jab, No Play” page on the Health Department’s website.