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 30 April in order to commence 3 year old kindergarten.
Children must be 4 years old by 30 April in order to commence 4 year old kindergarten.

All children who attend Poets Grove Family & Children’s Centre must be registered on the City of Port Phillip central waitlist. Please call 9209 6360 to register (or update) your details. If you are also interested in 3 and 3 year old sessional kindergarten,  please complete the sessional kindergarten waitlist 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 2020/2021 Timetable

3 Year Old Groups

THURSDAY 9.15am – 3.15pm

FRIDAY 9.10am – 3.10pm

Fees for the 3 year old Orange and Purple groups – $70.00 per session. Childcare Subsidy will apply for eligible families. 3 year old sessional kindergarten runs throughout the year for 48 weeks (including school holidays).

4 Year Old Groups

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

MONDAY 9.15am – 3.15pm
WEDNESDAY 9.15am – 3.15pm
FRIDAY 9.15am – 3.15pm

TUESDAY 8.30am – 5.00pm
THURSDAY 8.30am – 5.00pm

Fees for 4 year old sessional kindergarten are $110 per day in Green Group and $78 per day in Blue Group. Childcare Subsidy will apply for eligible families. 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.