A kindergarten program plays a vital role in a child’s early development, assisting them to develop essential emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. The skills children learn in a kindergarten program ensure they are ready to start school and thrive.
Windermere’s kindergarten program in Frankston offers your 3 or 4 year old child a structured, evidence-informed learning program, run in a convenient long daycare setting.
Set in a beautiful natural environment, our purpose-built Early Learning Centre flows serenely from indoors to outdoors. Your child's curiosity, enthusiasm and imagination will be fostered amongst the extensive interactive outside play spaces and dedicated creative classrooms.
Your child should have the best start in life, which is why we’ve developed a high-quality kindergarten program with a range of special features:
Your child can begin 3 year old kindergarten in the year they turn three years of age, if they are born between 1 January and 30 April.
If you’re unsure when your child can start kinder, use this handy calculator in the Victorian Government Kinder website.
Our caring staff work with the unique requirements of each child and are geared to support children with special needs.
Backed by Monash University, we are an organisation that is closely connected to our community and have strong links to other community support services.
Outside the formal kindergarten program hours, our friendly teachers in the kindergarten room are supported by Educational Program Leaders, meaning your child's learning can continue.
By extending your child's learning beyond the typical kindergarten program hours, your child will be better prepared for the long hours of school.
Below are two of our most frequently asked questions about kindergarten.
The research is split on the best age to begin Kindergarten. In fact, the evidence about the best age to start Kindergarten is often conflicting. The best approach is to consider your child’s individual needs to determine when he or she is ready to start school.
The Victorian Government will subsidise kindergarten in 2023.
This means that if your child attends kinder at Windermere ELC you will benefit from a saving of around $2,000 in fees, while enjoying all the benefits of our long day program.
**Windermere is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people** For more information, see our Protecting Children Policy here.