Carey Street Kindergarten

At Carey Street Kindergarten we have dedicated team of educators passionate about Early Childhood Education ready and waiting to welcome you to our service. We are very proud to be recognised as Exceeding in the National Assessment and Ratings and are always striving for best practice in all that we do.

Our program at Carey Street Kindergarten draws on the best of theory and practice and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We also draw inspiration from the European forest schools and recognise the importance of open natural learning environments and as such, we are committed to taking the children into the bush to explore, investigate and make connections with their natural world as part of our Bush Kinder program. We aim to provide a program that creates awareness and education in looking after our environment and promoting a sustainable future. We believe it is essential that we do our utmost to protect and educate children regarding the future of our environment for generations to come. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program plays an integral part in this process to give children a hands on experience in gardening, cooking and sharing a meal together.

Our kindergarten plays an important role within families lives, offering support and providing resources that are reflective and supportive of their needs. We encourage family engagement and participation within the program. 

Facilities and Services

  • Bush Kinder Program
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program


For families new in 2020 (child attending this year) 
Download: Enrolment Form
Please download and complete the enrolment form and return to: 
YMCA Early Years Management, PO Box 321, Ballarat, Vic 3353 or via email:

2021 Enrolments
All families need to enrol for places in both the 3 year old and 4 year old programs for 2021. Even if your child is currently in the 3 year old program you will need to complete the online enrolment form. This is due to the inclusion of the funded 3 year old progarm at our kindergarten.

Link to important dates and more information for 2021 Enrolments

Enquiries: Please contact Y Early Years 
by email at 
or on (03) 4311 1500.


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Contact Details

9 Carey Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377
Postal Address
9 Carey Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377
(03) 4311 1508

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2020)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,600 (15 hour program) - no fees required until March 2020

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2020)

Session Times

Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $800 (5 hour program) - no fees required until March 2020

Our staff are enthusiastic, committed and passionate about the education and care of children. Our recruitment process ensures that all staff are not only suitably qualified but aspire to the YMCA values of Honesty, Respect, Caring and Responsibility.  
We have an Educational Leader supported by a team comprised of Bachelor, Diploma and/or Certificate 3 Qualified Staff. We also have a team of Early Childhood Advisors who actively support the staff in our kindergartens.