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A Goodstart for Kinder is a great start to school in Victoria

Enrolments are open for our 2024 Kinder program

Spending at least a year in Kinder is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. In Victoria and Tasmania, Kinder can start from age two up to their pre-school year when they turn four. In 2023 Goodstart families will also receive a saving of up to $2,000 per kinder child, thanks to the Victorian Government’s ‘Free Kinder’ announcement. Download our Kinder guide to learn more about our program. We'd love you to pop in and say 'Hi!'.

Play-based is best early learning approach   

Research shows access to quality early learning benefits children throughout their school years. Evidence also supports a play-based learning approach in early years education. Play supports children's intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and informs our learning at Goodstart 

Guided by our bachelor-qualified teachers, your child will learn to think independently, problem-solve and work cooperatively — all great skills for school and life!  

We're led by the gold standard in early years education  

The Victorian Government Kinder Tick means you can be confident the program will be led by a Bachelor - qualified Teacher, your child will benefit from play-based learning. The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with Australian guidelines and the National Quality Framework. 

You choose the sessions that work for you  

We provide flexibility and convenience for busy families with longer opening hours, five days a week. We offer Nine-hour, 10-hour and all-day sessions. Our long-day format means our qualified and experienced team can spend more time getting to know your child and can create an individual program that supports them in developing their love for learning. We're also open over school holidays and don't charge for public holidays, hallelujah!  

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We provide meals 

Our cooks prepare healthy meals all day, so you don't have to. You don't have to think about packing a lunch box for at least a whole year. No arguments and food waste for you. How good is that?  

We know your child and support their individual learning 

We will meet them where they are developmentally. We assess and review their progress throughout the years leading to school and ensure everything is on track. We explore their passions with them so they feel seen and valued. We also offer extra educational support if it's needed. At Goodstart, we appreciate your child for who they are and where they're going.  

Our programs are designed with school readiness in mind  

Getting a child ready for school is a team effort, and we also work with nearby schools and communicate with them using Transition to School Statements about your child, who they are and how they learn. These documents carry across with your child from kinder to school. It helps their new teacher prepare the best possible year ahead for your child. We often have school transition activities with local schools throughout the kinder year so your child feels comfy on their first day of Big School.  

Everyone's welcome! 

Inclusion is everything to us. Every child deserves to feel seen and valued for who they are. We work hard to create environments and support networks to welcome all children and their families to our centres. We take reconciliation seriously, walking with our families, children, and communities on this journey.  

Get your guide to Kinder! 

We hope you're excited by what we can offer our family! Download our handbook to learn more about our kindergarten programWe’ll help give your child the best possible start through a lifelong love of learning.  

Get your guide to Kindergarten!

Learn more about our Kindergarten program and what your child will learn by downloading our handbook!

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Your questions answered:

  • If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, they can start four year-old kindergarten in the year they turn four or five. Children can start their two-year kindergarten program if they have turned three years-old by April 30.

  • Our dynamic, vibrant and inspiring kindergarten programs are designed and delivered by Bachelor-qualified Teachers. We use play-based learning, which encourages exploration, relationship building and creativity. It also helps develop cognitive, physical, socialliteracy and numeracy skills. Find out more information about what your child will learn.

  • Our centres offer longer hours and more flexible options than many other kindergartens, including nine-hour, 10-hour and all day sessions, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.

    There’s no need to race to pick your child up by 3pm; we offer our kindergarten program across the entire day. Which means greater flexibility in hours for you, and more opportunity for us to tune in to when your child learns best.

  • Our kindergarten program receives government funding, which links in with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) reducing your out-of-pocket costs. We also don't charge for public holidays. If you need support in navigating your Child Care Subsidy our team is here to assist.

  • We also provide families with assistance to access support services in the areas of speech, language, behaviour, social skills or overall development where needed. If you're concerned about any aspect of your child’s development or learning, please speak to your child’s Teacher.  All Victorian Goodstart kinder children receive a complimentary Goodstart@Home kit which includes access to home learning through a range of learning resources.

  • The Victorian Government Kinder Tick means that you can be confident that the program will be led by a Bachelor -qualified Teacher, your child will benefit from play-based learning, the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.

  • The staff are excellent, they really care about our family. Our son loves going to kinder here.


  • The centre is nice and big and has an amazing outdoor playground. My daughter is in the kinder room and loves her teacher and friends. The staff are supportive and friendly. They are always so informative. The management staff are always so helpful. I love Goodstart Flinders Street.


  • I'm so happy with this centre, Lisa in Kinder is amazing as the rest of the staff at Goodstart. Thank you!


Backed by research

  • Extra year

    Give your child an extra year of quality play-based learning with their friends

  • Teachers

    Your child will benefit from teachers who work collaboratively to support your child's learning and development

  • Ready for school

    Be ready for school! Your child will be school-ready thanks to our inspiring learning environments and qualified teachers

  • Setting foundations

    Provide your child with the skills to set the foundation for the rest of their lives

Backed by government

Our three and four-year-old kindergarten programs are funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.

State Government of Victoria

Victorian Government Approved Kindergarten

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Approved Kindergarten Program

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