three year old sessional kindergarten program

Every child is entitled to two years of funded kindergarten prior to school, through funding provided by the State Government of Victoria.

To enrol in a funded 3 year old kindergarten program, a child must have turned 3 years of age by 30th April in the year they commence kindergarten.

Parents of children born between January and April have a choice as to which year they start their child in kindergarten. Please read the ‘Guide for Prospective Families’ in our enrolment section as this contains important information on when your child should start in a 3YO program.

At Lady Forster Kindergarten our aim is to provide children with a warm, welcoming and vibrant learning environment. We view children as capable and believe in building children’s self-esteem and social skills through our challenging and creative indoor and outdoor spaces.

We offer separate programs for 3 and 4 year olds enabling us to provide age-appropriate programs for each age group. Much of our focus in three-year-old kindergarten is supporting children to build strong bonds with their teachers and peers as this helps children to develop a sense of belonging.

The kindergarten follows and highly values our play-based philosophies. During the two 3-hour sessions each week the children are provided with as much uninterrupted play time as possible. We structure the session in a way that gives children the power to manage their time and play according to their needs. The kindergarten strives to include Indigenous perspectives in the children’s learning as well as sustainable practises.

We have nineteen children in the group with two educators, Liza  is the Kindergarten Teacher and Saara is the Co-Educator. Children bring a lunch box with snacks from home for morning tea. We run an indoor/outdoor program and encourage the children to go out in the fresh air in all seasons so warm clothing is needed in winter and gum boots are great for exploring puddles!

The three year old sessional kindergarten program is staffed by:



3 and 4 Year Old Sessional Kindergarten Teacher




Lady Forster Kindergarten - Gallery Photo 59