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Early Years

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In Wellington Shire, the management and delivery of early years services such as maternal child health, immunisation, kindergarten and parenting support groups are shared between Community and Health services.

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Wellington Shire Council will soon be introducing a Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme. The Wellington Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme will provide a central point of registration for participating kindergartens, which will make registering your child for kindergarten easier and quicker, and ensure the allocation of kindergarten places remains fair and transparent.

The Central Registration Scheme is expected to be implemented in 2023, with registrations for kindergarten in 2024 open between May and June 2023.

If your child is likely to attend kindergarten in 2024, please check back here for updates. This page will be updated over coming months.

Please contact our Early Years team on 1300 366 244 or by email to earlyyears@wellington.vic.gov.au for further information.

Kindergarten  

Wellington Shire Council does not manage or coordinate kindergarten programs. In Wellington Shire, kindergarten services are delivered by private and community-based Committees of Management and early years managers.

Council's Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme is expected to be implemented in 2023, with registrations for kindergarten in 2024 open between May and June 2023.

To locate a kindergarten in your area please click here.

Further information about kindergarten is available from the Victorian Government Education - Information For Parents website.

The Victorian Government recently announced the Best Start, Best Life initiatives, which includes Free Kinder in 2023 at participating services. For more information please visit the Give your child the best start website. This website also provides information on when your child can start three and four-year-old kindergarten, finding a kindergarten, and the difference between sessional kindergarten and kindergarten integrated in long day care/childcare.

This page will be updated over the coming months.

Maternal & Child Health

Maternal & Child Health Centres are managed by two health services in Wellington, Central Gippsland Health and Yarram and District Health Service.

Maternal & Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications in Maternal & Child Health. The Service is confidential and free to families with children between 0-6 years of age.  Families can attend the centre of their choice by appointment, or by dropping in to an open session, appointments are not required.

Your Nurse can assist with assessment of your child's growth and development at various key Ages & Stages - at arrival home after your baby's birth, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3 1/2 years of age.

The service also runs new parent groups, particularly for first time parents and young mothers under 20 years of age.

For messages and appointments please call:

Immunisation  

Wellington Shire Council offers immunisation for members of our community. For more information please visit the Immunisation page.  

Parenting Support Groups

In Wellington Shire there are several places a parent or carer can visit to seek friendship and support. Support includes, social support via a playgroup, or develop parenting skills through parenting workshops.  

There are many local organisations that run parenting support programs throughout the year, including:

Municipal Early Years Plan  

The Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) is a local area strategic plan that describes how early years services and other community, health and education services will work together to address early years outcomes.

Please visit the Strategies and Plans page to view Wellington Shire's current Community Early Years Plan.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022