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​When do I send my child to Kindergarten? 

Research shows that engaging children in high-quality learning experiences benefits all children and their families.

These can improve a child’s learning and development outcomes, emotional wellbeing, their longer-term educational and social outcomes and life experience. It is vital that children receive these benefits when they are emotionally and socially ready for the experience.

Government Funding

The Federal and State Governments provide kindergarten funding to subsidise 15 hours of kindergarten for each child, in the year before school.

A second year of kindergarten is available for children who meet the eligibility criteria and are deemed to have a developmental delay in at least two areas. It is important to note that the majority of children are only eligible for ONE year of funded kindergarten. From 2014, children who withdraw from a funded program once they commence will not be eligible for a second year anywhere in Victoria. 

How old should my child be?

Children are eligible to attend kindergarten if they are turning 4 before the end of April in any given year.

Some parents choose to wait an extra year especially if their child is born between January and April. The conversations about when a child is ready for kindergarten and also when a child is ready for school need to take place before the child begins their funded kindergarten year. 

As each child is only eligible for one year of funded kindergarten, it is important to determine when they would benefit most from starting school and enrol to attend kindergarten the year before that.

Your decision is critical with long reaching implications for your child. 

Who can advise me?

Maternal and Child Health Services and kindergarten staff provide valuable information to parents about when to begin the more formal educational journey. Some families may choose to enrol in Pre-Kinder the year prior to their funded kindergarten program. 

It is important that families take the time to make an informed decision now.

Please make an appointment at your local kindergarten to discuss this with your child’s prospective teacher. Alternatively you could talk to your Pre-Kinder teacher, Long Day Care Provider or your local Maternal and Child Health Centre.

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Inverloch and District Preschool

Inverloch and District Pre-School is located in the beautiful coastal town of Inverloch, in the Bass Coast Shire and services families within Inverloch and the surrounding district.
The Kindergarten has a long history of providing quality programs to the children and families. We are managed by the YMCA of Ballarat Kindergarten Cluster and a voluntary committee. The committee is mainly comprised of parents and families of current children who attend the centre, as well as some community representatives, whose focus is on fundraising for the Pre-School.
We offer sessional kindergarten programs for children, catering for the diverse needs of families. Our kindergarten programs for Three-Year-Old children are two and a half hours per week and our Government funded Four-Year-Old programs provide fifteen hours per week. Our educational programs are play-based and focus on children’s strengths, needs and interests. The learning experiences provided for children are set up in beautiful and inviting ways. Equal importance is placed on both the inside and outside learning environments.
We build strong respectful partnerships with children and families and we have close ties with the local community. We have a strong partnership with the Inverloch Primary School which assists in children’s successful transition to school.
Our friendly educators are passionate about providing high quality programs for children and keeping up to date with current Early Childhood theory and practice. They work within relevant Government requirements, such as the Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standards.
We also acknowledge that we work on the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, of the Kulin nation.
We welcome you to our kindergarten!

Facilities and Services

  • Two kindergarten rooms, with inviting natural play spaces.
  • Recently landscaped gardens with a lot of shaded areas.
  • A fairy garden, wishing well, cubby house, stages, a circular bike track, sandpit, running riverbed, digging patch with a handpump attached to a water tank.
  • A vegetable garden, with compost bin and raised herb planter boxes, to use in our cooking program.



Link to important dates and more enrolment information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Kindergarten Cluster by email at ykcm.enrolments@ymca.org.au
or on 5329 2810.



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Contact Details

2 Edgar Street
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
Postal Address
PO Box 42
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
(03) 5674 1282

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Koala Group

Session Times

Monday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Echidna Group

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Kangaroo Group

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Wombat Group

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Possum Group

Session Times

Thursday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Emu Group

Session Times

Thursday 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

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.