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Kindergarten registrations for 2025 are now closed.

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Quick guide on navigating Early Years

Kindergarten Registration Form

Kindergarten registrations for 2025 are now closed. Registrations for 2025 opened on May 1, 2024, and closed on June 30, 2024. Any registrations received after this date are considered late applications. First-round offers for three and four-year-old places will be sent out in August for applications received by June 30, 2024. Late applications will be processed after the first-round offers are finalized. A detailed timeline on registration and enrolment can be found on the How to register for kinder page.

If your child is turning 3 or 4 years old on or before April 30, 2025, please use the provided form to register your child for 2025 kindergarten.

Kindergarten Expression of Interest Form

An Expression of Interest Form is NOT a Registration Form. You should complete an EOI if your child is too young to start kindergarten, however you would like the Wellington Early Years team to contact you when it is time to begin. An EOI can be used by services such as Child Protection or Maternal Child Health to register vulnerable children, to ensure the child's details are in the Central Registration Service and one of our Early Years team can contact the family to assist in registration. You can complete an EOI as soon as a child is born.

For any assistance, please phone our Early Years Team on 1300 366 244 or email earlyyears@wellington.vic.gov.au.

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Immunisations, Accessibility, Workforce & Council's role

Immunisations

Your Maternal Child Health Nurse will discuss immunisations and the Immunisation Schedule Victoria during visits. Immunisations from an early age helps protect your child against serious childhood infections. All immunisations for children are free and available through Council Immunisation drop in sessions and doctors clinics. The first set of immunisations begin at birth, with the next scheduled at 6 weeks.

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, all Wellington kindergartens are required to ask parents/carers to provide evidence their child has received the necessary vaccines before they can confirm an enrolment in a kinder.

Immunisations can initially be an overwhelming experience, but do not let that deter you. Talk to your MCHN about ways to support your child with immunisations or go on the raising children network for more information on how to prepare your child for vaccinations.

Accessibility

Council offers accessibility services to help you understand and access information. If you need interpreter services, Council offers Language Loop. Language Loop provides onsite interpreting, on demand telephone interpreting, pre-booked telephone interpreting and pre-booked video interpreting.

If you need literacy assistance completing a kinder registration, please reach out to one of our helpful Early Years team members on 1300 366 244 or email earlyyears@wellington.vic.gov.au.

Early Years Workforce

The Victorian Government is investing almost $370 million to attract and upskill early childhood teachers and educators.

Find out more about what courses, incentives and support is available by heading to The Department of Education and/ or Training and Tafe Gippsland.

Council's role in early years

Please note that 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.

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

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