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Building curiosity, creativity, and confidence at Kindergarten

IS your child registered for kindergarten in 2024?

Prom Coast Centres for Children would like to remind Corner Inlet families that registration for 3 & 4 Year Old Kindergarten for 2024 is now open online through the South Gippsland Shire Central Enrolment Scheme. Simply complete the online form and nominate your kindergarten preferences. Registrations must be lodged by 30 June to receive a first-round offer. To register go to:

Families are encouraged to secure their place to ensure their child can look forward to participating in one of the diverse range of programs that are on offer through their local Kindergarten at Toora, Welshpool, Fish Creek and Foster.

Kindergarten programs are an important step for children. The kindergarten teachers and educators help children to become curious, creative and confident about learning. 

Between the ages of three and five, children learn important social and emotional skills, such as how to regulate their emotions and behaviour. Kindergarten is a safe place for children to build these skills as well as their independence and concentration while forming positive relationships and making friends. The benefits are even greater for children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.

Ninety per cent of a child’s brain develops by the time they turn five, with two years of quality play-based learning proven to support setting them up for success at school. Studies show that students who went to kindergarten for at least two years had better development in language, pre-reading, and early number concepts. What a child experiences between the ages of 3 and 5 can make a big difference to their future cognitive, social and emotional outcomes.

What can you expect from your child’s kindergarten program?

  • Children learning about the world through play. Play-based learning is now widely understood to be one of the most important ways to support children to develop the skills and understanding they need to live well now and into the future.
  • Children learning how to get along with others, share, listen and manage their emotions
  • Children use play to build their language skills and learn about numbers and patterns

Prom Coast Centres for Children kindergartens provide programs to suit children’s individual learning and development. In some cases, your child may benefit from starting a kindergarten program later. You know your child best, and there are steps you can take if you are unsure about the best time for your child to start. Consider seeking advice from trusted early childhood professionals by:

  • Talking with early childhood teachers or educators
  • Speaking to your child’s current educators. If your child attends a long day care program, their educators will be regularly assessing their learning and development needs
  • Talking with your child’s Maternal and Child Health nurse, family doctor and any other professionals your child sees (for example, speech therapist, physiotherapist or paediatrician).

These conversations will help you make an informed decision about when to start your child at kindergarten.

If you have any other questions about our 2024 programs or the benefits of children going to kindergarten for two years before school, please call Prom Coast Centres for Children on 5683 9800 or speak with your local kindergarten teacher.


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